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Top Speed?

Recently curious about this as I had a chance to legally open up my Versys. I have a 44 tooth rear sprocket and Givi windscreen recent tuneup (18k miles), and that's it. It seemed to be just about topped out right at 100 indicated, which should be about 110 actual. I was wondering how that compared to other folks' experiences.

Please, let's not turn this into a "don't go that fast on public roads!" thread. This was not done on public roads, and was completely legal.

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That's a little bit off 115 to 118 I can get. How much do you weigh?
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I did a couple of 104s (GPS) on my recent trip out west... Stock everything... I don't think I was topped out either time but probably close. Both times were on fairly flat roads. I was pretty well loaded down with gear and I'm not the smallest Versys rider in town.


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I think i've been 120+ on the speedo, might need to refresh my memory.

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On a long flat straight away I've hit 128 and that's all she had. But I'm a small guy being about 150 lbs.
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My memory's refreshed. I've done 127 on the speedo, no cases.

123 with cases, but phone GPS says max was 112. I think it had a couple more mph, but I backed off.

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I heard a rumor my bike hits 100 easy with more to go. 43T on the back, stock otherwise.

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My stock 2011 V did 102mph with me (180lbs), soft saddle bags (not too heavy) and seemed to have a bit more... That was enough for me, at least until I find the PO's non-public roads

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had no problem hitting 81 uphill on I-70 in Colo. today with my HT Tetons and my fat butt, was still pulling too

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212 Km/h (131.73 mph) indicated (~196 km/h or ~122 mph actual) at 9600 rpm in 6th with stock gearing, with windscreen at highest position, in a slight down slope, no wind (limp flags), at 1:52 in the video:

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Recently curious about this as I had a chance to legally open up my Versys. I have a 44 tooth rear sprocket and Givi windscreen recent tuneup (18k miles), and that's it. It seemed to be just about topped out right at 100 indicated, which should be about 110 actual. I was wondering how that compared to other folks' experiences.
With your 44T rear, you're geared 4.545% over stock, so your speedometer still reads about 3% over actual. Rear tire is a 160/60 (like OEM)?... At 100 mph indicated, you're only going about 97 mph actual.

Heavy weight? High elevation? Dirty/over-oiled air filter? Underinflated tires? Thick/over-filled engine oil? The large Givi slows you down as well, but something is not right here. What was performed in your tune-up?

With a 215 lbs rider, 16.5" Mike's Shields windscreen, crashbars, small handguards, and large skidplate, mine tops out at about 115 actual mph.
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mateospeed, the speed demon on skis!

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One evening last summer (won't say "Summer's Eve" again Weljo..!) I saw an indicated 119 mph on my favourite dual carriageway on the way back from the south coast. May have indicated more had I carried on but the road is a notorious hang out for unmarked traffic cops, so backed off. Standard tyres (or should I say 'tires'?!) and sprocket, my weight is 12.5 stones. May see a little more now as since then I've replaced the standard exhaust and am a few KGs lighter, along with everything else I've removed from the bike!
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Have had no problems getting close to triple digit speeds with mine, and I'm rather large at 250 lbs. When I got close to that triple digit mark, the little devil on my left shoulder was knocked off by a bug and the angel on my right shoulder whispered in my ear that if I didn't slow down, a larger bug was going to knock me off.

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102 2 u p with more left.

107 alone and that was about all she had.

Stock 2011 V except Caliscience tall windsheld and protaper hand guards..

My speedo seems to be dead on. I have checked it up to 75 mph. After that, I don't putz around much. Over 100 I don't even like to look down to see how fast I am going.

I think wind has more to do with it than weight.

I had a KLX250SF that I bumped up to a 351cc. It only picked up a couple miles an hour top speed from 83 to 86. It sure was more fun and easier to pass cars from 50mph to 80!
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102 2 u p with more left.

107 alone and that was about all she had.

Stock 2011 V except Caliscience tall windsheld and protaper hand guards..

My speedo seems to be dead on. I have checked it up to 75 mph. After that, I don't putz around much. Over 100 I don't even like to look down to see how fast I am going.

I think wind has more to do with it than weight.
Dave, you should be able to achieve better than 107..! Tall windshield probably robs you of some mph...
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My V can hit 100 mph?!

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Curious about rpm's at higher speeds. I crossed over from the cruiser world and bought a brand new 2012 Versys. With cruiser, rpm's never got real high. I follwed the manuals suggestions for breaking my versys in, although most say not too. Anyhow, got a 1000 miles on it now and have yet to go over 5500 rpm's and seems pretty reved up to me. I take it this bike is meant to be a high rev engine since it redlines around 10,000 or higher. So question is, no problem to get rpm's up between 6000 and 9000?
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Curious about rpm's at higher speeds. I crossed over from the cruiser world and bought a brand new 2012 Versys. With cruiser, rpm's never got real high. I follwed the manuals suggestions for breaking my versys in, although most say not too. Anyhow, got a 1000 miles on it now and have yet to go over 5500 rpm's and seems pretty reved up to me. I take it this bike is meant to be a high rev engine since it redlines around 10,000 or higher. So question is, no problem to get rpm's up between 6000 and 9000?
All the fun is over 5.5K.

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6k+... mpg goes down.... fun factor goes way up.

I have yet to get over 40mpg on my V.


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