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Starting to thrash it

Mine is a 2007.

I've kind taken it easy up until this season. Seldom going over 6,000 rpm. Never really pushing it.

Then I started looking at something a with a little more jump like the Bandit 1200, or the V-Strom 1000. I talked to a few dealers and got a sense of the trade in. Then I realized trade in on a bike is not like trade in on a car.

The dealer's weren't offering much. So me thinks, let's just ride it and have some fun.

This year I'm spending a lot more time in the 5000 - 8,500 range. Whoo-hoo, I think I like it. The bike has a totally different character in the 6,000 to 7,000 range.

My question here is if i keep it up will I still have a bike by the fall? Wiil the engine handle consistent abuse?

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I would say with proper oil & filter changes at good intervals along with a proper warm-up before each ride and you should be good !
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You have had it for how long and you seldom went over 6,000 rpm????

They have a red line for a reason

Use the whole rpm range and have fun, some of the posts I read here I catch myself looking up to make sure I'm not in a scooter forum

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some of the posts I read here I catch myself looking up to make sure I'm not in a scooter forum

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Use the whole rpm range and have fun, some of the posts I read here I catch myself looking up to make sure I'm not in a scooter forum

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You're not going to hurt it.

You have to really be trying to hurt these motors, to hurt them.

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run it harder man, it can handle it!


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I love 2nd gear between 6K and 8500.
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This year I'm spending a lot more time in the 5000 - 8,500 range. Whoo-hoo, I think I like it. The bike has a totally different character in the 6,000 to 7,000 range.

My question here is if i keep it up will I still have a bike by the fall? Wiil the engine handle consistent abuse?
If you keep that up, your muffler bearings will seize, the blinker fluid will have to be changed at least every 3K miles (better yet, kilometers) and the headlight sync will be completely off, you may have to do that high to low beam bypass so popular on the French forum.






















Why haven't you used the upper rev range in the last 2 years? You think running it through the entire range is thrashing it? It was designed to run at those speeds, it doesn't even make peak torque or power before your usual shift point. You are missing out on the best part of the engine.

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Ride it like you stole it!
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Mine is a 2007.
My question here is if i keep it up will I still have a bike by the fall? Wiil the engine handle consistent abuse?
That AIN'T abuse!!!
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Ok. I guess that's settled. Wind it out and enjoy...

Thanks for the input.
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I ran the Dragon last weekend and it is just so much fun between 6,000 to 8,000...you will have all the power you need. Yesterday I followed a Bandit 1200 thru and was able to stay with him on anything. I ran it all over the Smokey Mountains between 6,000 and 8,000 rpm and it just rain perfect the whole time. Think about it...you still have a lot of revs left at 8,000!

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Now I have four!
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I ran the Dragon last weekend and it is just so much fun between 6,000 to 8,000...you will have all the power you need. Yesterday I followed a Bandit 1200 thru and was able to stay with him on anything. I ran it all over the Smokey Mountains between 6,000 and 8,000 rpm and it just rain perfect the whole time. Think about it...you still have a lot of revs left at 8,000!
I agree. It has plenty of power at those revs,and the engine vibes seem to smooth out. Looking at the power curve, there is likely no benefit to take it over 9k, though.
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This engine doesn't come alive until about 6500 rpm's. Rev it! It likes it.


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I ran the Dragon last weekend and it is just so much fun between 6,000 to 8,000...you will have all the power you need. Yesterday I followed a Bandit 1200 thru and was able to stay with him on anything. I ran it all over the Smokey Mountains between 6,000 and 8,000 rpm and it just rain perfect the whole time. Think about it...you still have a lot of revs left at 8,000!
Did you make it on Killboy? I've seen a few Versys's (Versi?) come through there.

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