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Another RPM question.......

Yesterday while going across the Nevada/Utah desert I settled in with a Range Rover that was traveling 100+mph. After a few miles I looked at my tachometer and saw I was close to 6500 which was about 105. After 10-15 miles I was pleasantly surprised that the bike felt very stable. Other than hitting something or a tire issue it felt like the bike could do this all day long. I followed the Range Rover for another 25 miles (passing other bikes who must have thought there goes a real fool) before I reached my destination and had to exit the interstate, I waved and I got a wave back. On my return trip home I went more or less the speed limit (75-80 mph), but it sure was fun on the way out.

Question: After riding R bikes for a lot of years, I was not used to seeing RPM's like this bike turns, Is it okay to run this engine at 6500+ RPM's for long periods of time? I am just not used to seeing RPMs like I see with this bike.........Bob

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Yesterday while going across the Nevada/Utah desert I settled in with a Range Rover that was traveling 100+mph. After a few miles I looked at my tachometer and saw I was close to 6500 which was about 105. After 10-15 miles I was pleasantly surprised that the bike felt very stable. Other than hitting something or a tire issue it felt like the bike could do this all day long................can it? I followed the Range Rover for another 25 miles (passing other bikes who must have thought there goes a real fool) before I reached my destination and had to exit the interstate, I waved and I got a wave back. On my return trip home I went more or less the speed limit (75-80 mph), but it sure was fun on the way out..................Bob
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You could run it even faster all day long without hurting it one bit.

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As Grif says, it won't hurt your engine. The real issues are reduced gas mileage and law enforcement.
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I've run full tanks of gas at 120-150 mph. No problems at all, except your gas mileage really sucks.

** Note that the preceding anecdote is in no way an admission of guilt, but merely an explanatory example directly related to the original poster's question. Therefore it is purely informational in nature and thus inadmissible in any sort of formal proceedings. **

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I've run full tanks of gas at 120-150 mph. No problems at all, except your gas mileage really sucks.

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Track days only. Yeah yeah. Un huh.
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Track days only. Yeah yeah. Un huh.
Yep, that's it. And I've ridden the Autobahn, where such speeds are merely "keeping up with the flow of traffic."

Nothing like running 125+ in the left lane, passing a bus that was doing 115, who was passing a truck doing 100 in the right lane. There was a Benz literally 2 feet off my trunk because he wanted to be doing 140, and a Porsche off his bumper wanting to do more. A few minutes later we hit some city traffic and I lane split past them both.

The biggest problem is that an average of 25 mpg means stopping every 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours to fill up again. But it was so worth it.

Trust me, these bikes are built for much more than you'll ever see in the States.

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Years ago I sat about 1/4 mile behind a Texan in a Cadillac going about 110 for a couple of hours across Nevada. It was flat, straight and boring so I was happy to have this car buffer the police for me (thanks if you are out there reading this!).

I was riding a 1980 Suzuki GS1000 and not only did the gas milage suck big time but the tires and especially the chain (I won't miss a chain) really took a beating.

Of course technology wasn't what it is today.
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125 will get you by a long string of HDs doing 65ish in a very short time. Stretch of road in AL. that is worn out on the right lane, so the trucks run in the left, fastest right lane I have ever been in!

If states put in a GT lane for running 125, we could get a ways pretty quick, but then like they said, there is gas to deal with.

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Rpm......

You are oh so right about feeling comfortable at speed. Mine seems to 'settle' at anything over about 85-90 mph. Can't really explain it, but everything just seems to get together at that speed and all comes together. These bikes, engines and systems are designed for the speeds we are talking about here. Easily. Frequent oil changes, good tires, and keeping your wits about you (and keeping a eye out for the nit wits out there) will keep the bike and you happy for many many miles...

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