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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-20-2010, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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RPM at Highway Speeds

So I know this has been discussed before but I've searched and havent really seen too much feedback on it.

My question: Whats the RPM at when cruising down the highway at 65-75 mph in 6th gear?

I have seen some people say that the engine is too high strung on the highway. That is NOT what I want to hear...especially coming from a Ninja 250! (9-11k)!! at 70-80mph.

So....what says you?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-20-2010, 10:09 AM
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Maybe around 6k rpm at 120kms per hour(roughly, not quite sure what it is exactly)
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With a 16 tooth front sprocket and 46 tooth rear, at 70 the revs are right around 5000. Speed confirmed using a nuvi 255w.

The stock 15/46 set-up will have you moving less than 70 at 5000 rpm even though your speedo will say 70.
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you may find some feedback here as I am using Gear Indicator and dont keep track of speed, gears or rev.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...gear+indicator

Hope it helps.

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with a 16 tooth front sprocket
70Mph is at 5000 RPM, IIRC the 15tooth sprocket is about 500 RPM higher
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With factory setup the speedo shows 8O MPH @ 6K RPM. Flat terrain ~ 6K feet. I've read somewhere that the speedo is bout 9% high which sounds about right to me.
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I switched the front sprocket to 16 tooth from 15 tooth. My speedometer now is 99.99% accurate. 70 mph on the bike = 70 mph on the gps. The odometer however is about 9% low. This means that 1 mile on the odometer = more than a mile in real life (highway mile markers).

Given that preamble, with the 16T front sprocket and stock rear sprocket in 6th gear @ @5000 rpm = approx 70 mph, 5500 rpm = approx 75 MPH
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I get the same 70 MPH in 6th gear at 5000 rpm with a 15/43 set up. Engine is smooth in the 70-80 MPH range and will do it all day long without protest. Doesn't seem too busy at all.


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5100 at 60mph...

No turning back now!! I generally keep it in the 6-7k range though!!
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My sprockets are stock, speedometer reading 55=4000rpm,70=5000 rpm,80=6000rpm.
This bike likes high rpms!

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6K RPM when the redline is @10.5K doesn't seem too high. You do not top hp until you reach 8.5K. Remember it's just 649cc down there.
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From memory you cant redline in 5th but need to go to 4th to get to 10500rpm, hmm just gave me a good excuse for a test ride
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