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Is it bad for the versys to run at 70MPH+ for hours on end while on interstates? I ask because at 70 they run at 5000RPM and I feel like I'm being the stew out of the motor. This probably has something do to with the fact I've driven trucks my entire life that do this speed at 1800 RPMs. Thanks for the feedback.

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It will run all day at 5k RPM. Installing a 44t rear sprocket would lower the interstate RPM.

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IMHO, 5,000 RPM is less than half of red-line (10,700 RPM), so the engine is loafing. Just keep good oil in it, and enjoy the ride. I use a 43 tooth rear sprocket which brings the RPM down a bit, if you want to reduce the RPM and engine noise a bit.

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I'll have to agree with the rest, this engine is made for high revs, the higher the better..

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I went from Ft.Worth Tx. To Norwalk,CA. Mostly wide open roads I was loaded down and weigh 275lbs before gear. I was running over 80mph most of the way and spent alot of time in the 90's did 850 miles in 15hrs day 1 then 550 miles in 10hrs the 2nd. I had a 16Tfront sprocket on it. My V doesn't seem happy unless she's running over 80mph.


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+1 What everyone said. She (and I!) seem happiest above 6.5k

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Echo of others statements. I dropped from a 46 (stock) to a 44 tooth rear and it purrs at 70MPH. Speedo is now spot on as well (verified by GPS).
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I just got back from a 7 day 2400 km trip with as little as possible on the freeway. With a 44t rear, I was running 70 mph in 4th @ 7000 rpm or 5th @ 6100 and she was real happy.
I find 6-7000 on the highway to be the sweet spot.

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When I first got my Versys, the first trip I took was a 700 mile round trip over two days, just to see how she'd handle it. My speeds were 75 to 100 mph all day. No issues, the bike passed the test with flying colors.
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Denver to Grand junction through I 70 over eisenhower tunnel (10,000 feet) at 80mph + most of the time for almost 300 miles. Life's good above 6k rpm
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Use of good quality oil should ensure durability of the engine. The coolant runs cool when going at 70 to 80mph; yes I check with my coolant temp gauge. When running slow at 60kph, it would heat up a lot higher.

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I only use fifth gear unless I am going over seventy.
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For the guys running different sprockets, do you know how many RPM you dropped at highway speed vs the stock gearing ? Are there any noticable power changes ?
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For the guys running different sprockets, do you know how many RPM you dropped at highway speed vs the stock gearing ? Are there any noticable power changes ?
Went from 46 to 44 tooth rear and lost some low end power. Don't miss it as I would roll about 10 feet then change into 2nd. Now I can roll on through an intersection from a stop then change into second. This also had a side benefit by making it not so jumpy at lower speeds. I don't know how many RPM's I dropped at speed but it is noticeable.

If you are a speed freak and want the raw acceleration more than comfortable all around cruising, you may want to leave it stock. If you make some longer rides, I would suggest giving a 44 a try. I still have fun in the mountains and the curves with no regrets from making the change.
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Just be careful when trying to look down at the odometer when zipping along at freeway speeds. It is often diffucult to see the digital readout. If the glare is in the wrong spot you can find yourself spending too much time trying to focus on the mph and things happen pretty quickly at those speeds.

Get some empty highway and find out what speed you are going at different rpms in fifth and sixth gear. After that, you only need to take a quick glance at the highly visible red tach needle to know how fast you are travelling.
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If i remember correctly when i put on the 16T front sprocket at 60 or 70mph the drop was 500rpm

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Check out this website http://www.gearingcommander.com/ it calculates (estimates?) speed, RPM and such based on stock set up (the Versys is in their database, 2007 is the only choice, but it's the same info for all years) and you can change the number of teeth on front and rear sprockets and see how it effects RPM, speed, gear ratios, etc. Pretty cool little site to play around on.

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Is it bad for the versys to run at 70MPH+ for hours on end while on interstates?
Only if you try to do it in third gear.

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If it is, I'm in trouble. Been running 90 for a lot of miles with stock gearing. 5000 miles in the last 3 weeks and counting.

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