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Versys Max Speed

Hi,
I would like to know what is the max speed a 2010 Versys can give.
Ive been riding on a straight road and have gotten to 160 kms, there was some wind, may be that slowed me down a bit.

Thanks.
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That's 100 mph, the V bike will go faster, especially with 1 tooth bigger countershaft sprocket.......

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Hi,
I would like to know what is the max speed a 2010 Versys can give.
Ive been riding on a straight road and have gotten to 160 kms, there was some wind, may be that slowed me down a bit.

Thanks.
My goodness, isn't that fast enough?

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It will do about 190 km/h (real) which will look more like 205 on the optimistic speedometer (unless you have a 16T CS or 43T rear sprocket, then it will show close to real speed).


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My goodness, isn't that fast enough?
Well, it depends. For example, in that clip above it certainly qualifies as way too fast for the conditions. So, in some places it's too fast, in others about right and under the right conditions, not quite fast enough...



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Very well said Gustavo
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My dyno print out said 120mph...

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My dyno print out said 120mph...
I don't know about real or indicated, but I suspect faster than that. I had mine (bone stock) at an indicated 115 mph and it was a little over 8K on the tach...and still pulling like a mutha'...I know indicated is off, but it still seemed like it had another 20-30 mph in it (indicated). Would 135 indicated be 120 real?

(there are highways in my area where traffic flows at 90 mph (+) in the fast lane at times....)

BTW: I'm interested in who has geared their V way up....I know I am going to get a 16t counter (going to buy/order it tomorrow), but I am also thinking of going to that AND a 43, or 42 even, in the rear....seems like the bike has the torque and HP to pull WAY taller gearing....

What kind of gearing are you running and what is your impression of how it changed the bike?
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Thanks for the information
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At 1:52 minutes into the video, this Versys with 65 kg (143 lbs) Greek rider reached an indicated 212 Km/h (131.7 mph) at 9700 rpm in a slight down slope, no wind, with windscreen at highest position and full of gasoline, for an actual top speed of about 196.5 km/hr (122 mph)... Actual top speed in normal conditions is about 187 Km/h (116 mph) at indicated 202 km/hr (125.5 mph).
Taller gearing (16T is +6.67%) makes the speedometer more accurate, but doesn't raise your actual top speed which then remains the same in 5th or 6th gear.


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I don't do a lot of high speed runs but I've seen a sustained GPS speed of 114mph at 5,000 feet above sea level while carrying a bunch of luggage into a headwind on a stock 09. What else do you need to know lol.

Just a moment after that an acquaintance flew by on his liter bike. And then we both spotted the Utah state trooper lol. No performance awards were issued. Which is fair imo considering it was in the middle of many miles of nothingness.

I've seen 120s indicated on an 07 on the back straight at Jennings GP -- but then I had to turn
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Isn't it scary to do that speed w/ Versys...

I feel the front starts to float at 160+ km/h (w/ panniers)


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Isn't it scary to do that speed w/ Versys...

I feel the front starts to float at 160+ km/h (w/ panniers)
If it's an open area and there are no crosswinds it doesn't seem to bother me. It's the unknowns I worry about as I get older: deer, blind curves. I keep most of my high speed stuff to the track or the occasional empty desert.
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As I have aged I have lost most of my desire for speed. And I am only 24, riding since 18. On my previous bikes I loved blasting away at speed. Got tired of the high insurance and court fees though. The max speed my V has gone according to my GPS is 86MPH. However the previous owner had it at 111 according to the GPS.

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At 1:52 minutes into the video, this Versys with 65 kg (143 lbs) Greek rider reached an indicated 212 Km/h (131.7 mph) at 9700 rpm in a slight down slope, no wind, with windscreen at highest position and full of gasoline, for an actual top speed of about 196.5 km/hr (122 mph)... Actual top speed in normal conditions is about 187 Km/h (116 mph) at indicated 202 km/hr (125.5 mph).
Taller gearing (16T is +6.67%) makes the speedometer more accurate, but doesn't raise your actual top speed which then remains the same in 5th or 6th gear.
I am confused. Why doesn't a gearing change affect the top speed? The chart is at 8,000 RPM and not actual top speed.
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I am confused. Why doesn't a gearing change affect the top speed? The chart is at 8,000 RPM and not actual top speed.
The engine won’t pull redline in top gear (it doesn’t have the power with the stock gearing).

They’re using 8000 as the engine’s Max Power RPM.

Go to the site http://www.gearingcommander.com and click the M.P.RPM link for a comprehensive explanation.

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I am confused. Why doesn't a gearing change affect the top speed? The chart is at 8,000 RPM and not actual top speed.
The top speed is drag limited, not rpm limited. It's the wind resistance that holds you back, man!
Make a nice low frame with an aerodynamic bubble around it, and you will go faster with the same engine.


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Nah, speed is fine. It's the sudden tremendous deceleration that does it.


I've only had the V up to high speed once, for maybe a few seconds. Before my V is drag or rpm limited, it is held back by fear of huge speeding tickets.
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I would like to know what the folks did to their V's to get to 125-130 mph. They did not hit that on the stock machine! I would say that 120 is about top speed on a stock machine.
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