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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-24-2016, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Sustained RPM's At Highway speeds

While i've taken many trips on several Versys' i've had.....next year I want to ride to the west coast again....That being said a lot of speed limits are 80 mph, and we ran 80-90 for hours at a time on our last trip...I've run 70-80 on the Versys a lot on the interstate, but not for hours at at time at 6500 + Rpm's like a west coast trip would. I've gone up 1 tooth to a 16 tooth (done this on several Versys' we've had...

Anybody rode for days at 80 + on their (650) Versys ?

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Anybody rode for days at 80 + on their (650) Versys ?
80 cruise, day after day. 80 actual is only a little over 6000 on my bike with stock gearing and a 150/70 rear. get a good heavy weight full synthetic in there, like 15/50 M1, or equal.

i don't recommend changing the stock gearing for cross country trips since you encounter so many different conditions on a loaded bike, and it makes a difference in how the motor pulls the overdrive gears, ie 5th and 6th. headwinds, mountain grades, and passing traffic, for instance.
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I went from Ft.Worth Tx. to Los Angeles in mid-summer. Ran 80-95 mph most of the way. Did 850 miles the first day and 550 the next. As you can see the bike was loaded down and i weighed about 280lbs before gear. I've had a 16T Front Sprocket since the 600 mile service...The bike was happy at those speeds...

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I figured it wouldn't hurt it to run 6K all day....just wanted some real world experience Thanks !!! Also i run Mobile 1 15W50 in every bike................

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All this being said, with stock gearing and stock tire size, whats the error in the speedometer reading? Is 75 about 71.5 or so?
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My recollection is that w/ stock everything, the error is 6.5%.

W/ stock sprockets and a rear 150/70 tire, it's around 1%, tho' the odo then under-reads by 1.7%.
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Reviving an old thread here I realize, but wanted to chime in that this is the biggest (and weirdest) change for me coming from a Road King. On my way to / from work on the freeway it's the strangest feeling being at such a high RPM's for so long. Just doesn't feel right (yet). Glad to know people go 80+ mph all day long with no issues. I know I'm supposed to keep my RPM's low during the break-in period, but this thing is too fun to play by the rules all the time. 😎
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Reviving an old thread here I realize, but wanted to chime in that this is the biggest (and weirdest) change for me coming from a Road King. On my way to / from work on the freeway it's the strangest feeling being at such a high RPM's for so long. Just doesn't feel right (yet). Glad to know people go 80+ mph all day long with no issues. I know I'm supposed to keep my RPM's low during the break-in period, but this thing is too fun to play by the rules all the time. 😎
You are correct about the RPM for the first 10 miles, after that , try and stay below the rev limiter. Many have done the Motoman break in. What I can tell you , the dealership I am using now is excellent and very Knowledgeable, I talked to the head mechanic which informed me that the motor comes from the factory and you could use Mobil 1 15/50 from the very start, basically it comes already broke in. Many have changed the oil themselves after the first 100 miles, my dealer did the first service at 1000KM and it cost me something like $140 ( Canadian)total. I have been running 15 / 50 mobile 1 since 2500 KM, I am at 11,000 KM now.

As to RPM, usually in the 5500 to 7000 RPM, I hit the rev limiter at least once every ride. FYI most of my rides are over 300KM , usually run into farmers that are use to driving their tractor, but occasionally get into the Pickup, still think they are driving the tractor, so passing them they get to hear the beautiful sound of a precision engine revved out, usually takes only 1 gear change, and I am 60 KM/HR faster than before
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