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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 7:09 PM Thread Starter
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top speed?

whats the top speed everyone has reached here, and what gearing did you have when you reached that speed?

I reached a high of 115 at 9k rpm on my 500 once, stock 16/41 gearing, stock size tires, though the carbs were a little out of synch so it could have probably gone a bit faster.

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Re: top speed?

Fastest I've had it was 170 k/ph, but that's by no means top speed on the the bike. I felt like givin' 'er on the highway for a minute, and then realized what a poor idea that was, given that kind of speeding ticket would end my riding for the year quite quickly.
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post #4 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-17-2006, 1:25 AM
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Re: top speed?

115mph stock everything. Felt like I had more power.. just not the ..uh.. "guts". Which was a good thing, since just a few seconds after I shut it down, I had a cop come up on me. Guess he figured I wasn't being reckless since I didn't do it for long, as he then passed me.

For the record, 115 is a LOT faster on a bike than 147 is in a car (my other top speed).


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post #5 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-17-2006, 8:37 AM
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my speedo is not hooked up, so I have no idea how fast I go on the straight. 44 rear sprocket and I almost top out in 6th gear before I have to put the binders on for turn 1.

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123-125mph on the speedo in 6th gear, running about 10,000 rpm's. had more to go but no room... All stock.. Don't foreget the speedo error.. (only did that once)....
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post #7 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-18-2006, 11:01 AM
 
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I believe the mags say 124 for the 1987-93 and 118 for the 94+ bikes
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post #8 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-18-2006, 11:30 AM
 
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180 kph according to the speedo on a flat,no wind. I was hunched over the tank. Felt rock-solid. All stock.
There may have been a bit more to be had. Thats 112 mph.
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post #9 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-18-2006, 9:03 PM Thread Starter
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I noticed that the bike felt TOTALLY solid at top speed myself. it felt almost like standing still.

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post #10 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-25-2006, 3:48 PM
 
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Re: top speed?

I hit 115mph when passing a couple times on a trip to Las Vegas, with a backpack and loaded tailbag and tankbag. I would agree that it felt quite solid. I haven't taken it back up to that speed since, and I probably won't anytime soon (speeding ticket).
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post #11 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-27-2006, 8:46 PM
 
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Re: top speed?

Topped out at 130 mph (hit the rev limiter,bike felt like it was humping the road)
all stock except for chain and sprocket upgrade.

then again, there is that naughty speedo error.
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post #12 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-29-2006, 2:08 AM
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Re: top speed?

was the rev limiter a add on? At top speed of 115 the bike does not feel totally stable as some of you have described when compared to other bikes, my rc51 at 115 feels like 60-70 mph on the 500r. and at 155 on the rc51 i got scared but the bike felt very stable. but thats just my opinion
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post #13 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-29-2006, 1:19 PM
 
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I agree at anything past a buck ten the bike feels like crap.
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All three of my Ex race bikes, even #3 with the Penske and On which I set my best lap times, wobbled like crazy at any speed and cornering combination of better than full lean and 80 MPH. So for every MPH over 80 you had to reduce your lean angle by a few degrees, until at 110 ish you had better be straight up and down. The back straight at Bridgehampton was a long downhill easy left bend that was WFO. the bike would windup and release so hard that the back wheel would jump off the ground and step sideways 6inches or more, three or four times in 1/4 mile. I won a couple of races because the faster guys behind me were afraid to pass for fear of getting punted off the track when I crashed (never happened).

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All three of my Ex race bikes, even #3 with the Penske and On which I set my best lap times, wobbled like crazy at any speed and cornering combination of better than full lean and 80 MPH. So for every MPH over 80 you had to reduce your lean angle by a few degrees, until at 110 ish you had better be straight up and down. The back straight at Bridgehampton was a long downhill easy left bend that was WFO. the bike would windup and release so hard that the back wheel would jump off the ground and step sideways 6inches or more, three or four times in 1/4 mile. I won a couple of races because the faster guys behind me were afraid to pass for fear of getting punted off the track when I crashed (never happened).

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was the rev limiter a add on? At top speed of 115 the bike does not feel totally stable as some of you have described when compared to other bikes, my rc51 at 115 feels like 60-70 mph on the 500r. and at 155 on the rc51 i got scared but the bike felt very stable. but thats just my opinion
maybe im using the wrong term?
when you open the bike up full throttle, and the needle hits redline, and starts bouncing up and down, isnt that the rev limiter cutting gas to the engline?i may be totally off on this, im no expert, someone school me on this.
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post #17 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-1-2006, 12:44 AM
 
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Re: top speed?

well i sure wouldnt go bouncing off the rev limiter. thats a dandy way to float the valves and bend up/dent some valves and pistons.

since there are no electronics on the bike really it must have a mech one.
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post #18 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-1-2006, 12:50 AM
 
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Re: top speed?

I dont constantly ride at full throttle, in fact that was the first time ive actually done that on my bike.

theres only one way to find the top speed. well, two, but im not paying for a dyno.
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post #19 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-1-2006, 6:58 AM
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Re: top speed?

There isn't any rev Limiter.

What you have felt is the program of the CID ending. This happens way beyond the safe limit for the engine and should be avoided. By ending I mean it doesn't know what to do and the sparks from there on are just random and could cause Detonation. Just a little more over-revving from there (like backshifting down a hill) will open the big ends and spin bearings. = instant junk engine.

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whats the top speed everyone has reached here, and what gearing did you have when you reached that speed?
80-something. Cluck cluck. Bought the lovely thing to go twistin'!

Fastest I've ever driven was 110mph in a Volvo tractor-trailer, former owner had leased the truck and had the limits removed. Never thought a truck with nearly 12,000 pounds on the front axle would start to get light in the front end....
post #21 of 51 (permalink) Old 2-9-2007, 3:00 PM
 
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Re: top speed?

I managed 210 kmph on speedo, probably closer to 190 kmph in reality.
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post #22 of 51 (permalink) Old 2-9-2007, 4:39 PM
 
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110 or so, I was concentrating more on not dieing. The engine wanted to go faster, but the rest of the bike was screaming "Please God, No!".
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post #23 of 51 (permalink) Old 2-9-2007, 5:53 PM
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Re: top speed?

I must confess that it can go up to 200 kph going down a hill as indicated by the speedo.

all stock, 1990 bike, hanging thight in the bubble.

Things go fast at that pace..


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post #24 of 51 (permalink) Old 2-11-2007, 8:07 PM
 
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I've got it to 120mph on a flat portion of hwy. NW is hilly terrain.
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post #25 of 51 (permalink) Old 2-12-2007, 5:49 PM
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Re: top speed?

132 mph indicated running in fla. near sea leval low humidity and a slight tailwind. I was laying on the tank arms and legs tucked in tight. Stock gearing 1992 ex500.
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