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post #1 of 18 Old Sep 1st, 2014, 3:02 pm Thread Starter
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The Ton and other top speed efforts

I'm just curious, how many regularly do the ton?

Seems like every bike I've owned, on every bike that will, I will get out on my lonely local roads and wick it up to 100 or more. I do this not just once but about once a month. Also on every bike I've owned I have made at least one run for top speed. Up until the current R1200RT it was 139 (K1200RS) by GPS but I am pretty sure this will pull a little better. It's seen 130 on the GPS so far and had more. I've also had bikes that are just ill handling enough that I never did reach top speed, a couple of Harleys and a KTM with a 21" front wheel. They would do well over 100 but at a certain point it just wasn't worth it.

Mind you, I live in a county that's bigger than most of New England and has way less than 900,000 people. Pretty rural with lots of straight long roads (think section roads). Yeah, there is risk, I can live or die with that and won't lose any sleep. Last, I'm not a kid at 64 and have been riding since before I was 16.

Anyone else?


Edit: Probably in the wrong forum but the RT got me to thinking about this.

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Almost every time I get on my K1600 I brake triple digits. Most of the time while passing slower cars or bikes. My 73 CB350 will hit 103 but my 82 CB750 will only do 90ish. Now the CB350 is far from stock while the 750 only had a Vance & Hines exhaust & jetted carts.

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Re: The Ton and other top speed efforts

I always find somewhere that I can run wide open for at least two miles on a newly acquired bike to see what it will top out at. Now with GPS mph numbers it can be a little disappointing compared to the speedometer reading.

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Only 125 on the '07 so far.

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Re: The Ton and other top speed efforts

It is so easy to do on the 07 RT. I confess i cranked out the ton on the Kancamagus Highway during the week, very few cars around. Moose are always close so it was a 1 time deal.
My 75 Norton has a 22 tooth counter shaft sprocket, it has easily done 100, but not on the Kank, not with those brakes!

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It is so easy to do on the 07 RT. I confess i cranked out the ton on the Kancamagus Highway during the week, very few cars around. Moose are always close so it was a 1 time deal.
My 75 Norton has a 22 tooth counter shaft sprocket, it has easily done 100, but not on the Kank, not with those brakes!

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It sure is easy on the RT! Back in the old days, I had my 650ss (fitted with 12:1 high compression pistons) up to 135 mph on its speedo, but who knows what the real speed was!

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I heard a rumor somewhere that the K16GTL will set & hold the cruise control at 140 . . .

And that the K16GT will pull 158 GPS speed . . .

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I certainly have not done over 100 on the RT yet, but it is only pulling about 3500 or so in 6th at @ 85mph in break in. This week, it will be making runs up the tach to 9000 redline.

I can remember when the ton was a big deal and when it took a long stretch, big but dumb young nuts and a deep tuck to do that on a '72 Norton 750. It was a big deal, way back.

Since then I've had numerous bikes that routinely would go above 155 in very short order including the K1200S and a Ducati 1098S. The fastest on that Duc was @ 170 mph until running out of straight, but not its top speed.

The MTS goes from 70-130s so fast when passing, you don't really notice you are up there.

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I certainly have not done over 100 on the RT
Oops, NM.

Got the RPM wrong above it runs @ 4000 in 6th at 75 MPH.

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Oops, NM.

Got the RPM wrong above it runs @ 4000 in 6th at 75 MPH.
Heck, my '14 hasn't seen 6th yet! I have been using the lower gears to keep the rpm up.

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A side note.

On the 14 RT I noticed an up arrow in the gear indicator before the first service. It would advise an upshift at around 3000 rpm. After the first service it's now gone! I guess it's break in specific and gets reset with the first service.

Also I got 137 yesterday with the bags on. I'm pretty sure it'll do 140 but I ran out of room. In 591 miles I got 42.8 MPG, all after the first service.

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A side note.

On the 14 RT I noticed an up arrow in the gear indicator before the first service. It would advise an upshift at around 3000 rpm. After the first service it's now gone! I guess it's break in specific and gets reset with the first service.
You can turn that on or off in your menu. Guess it got turned off with the service!

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You can turn that on or off in your menu. Guess it got turned off with the service!
And I thought I had played with all the menus

Hopefully there is one that summons Halle Berry to come and polish your pipe.

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And I thought I had played with all the menus

Hopefully there is one that summons Halle Berry to come and polish your pipe.
Let me know if you find THAT in the menu!
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I got 118mph on a 72 550 Suzuki and 122mph on its bigger brother a 74 750 H20 cooled 2 cycle some where in northern Florida back in the early 70's. Man, those were good times; stuff an army duffle bag and go. Don't know if the speedos were correct.

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Every Sunday the RT runs triple digits... Its like going to church!!!

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I can't stand it any more. I have remarked about it privately to friends, but this is my first public comment on the matter. Don't ask me why this thread, or why today, right now.

Why do people post their public road speed limit breaking habits in an Internet forum, where they can be easily identified by law enforcement, accident investigators, insurance companies, and others? ... and where their postings can be used to establish a pattern of reckless, risky behavior?

We are not talking about track days here. We are talking about the public roads and highways that we share with others. In the eyes of the real world, riding at speeds that far exceed the speed limit is considered reckless driving. In my eyes, boasting about it on the Internet is risky, too. You don't know how far into the future it might come back to bite you.

Many people have posted photos of their speedometers and GPSs taken while they were riding at 120+ mph speeds on public roads. These are the very same riders who get angry at the people who text and drive. Of course, those riders were on a straight and level empty open highway out in the middle of nowhere, just like this person:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/05/justic...llphone-crash/

The examples you post do not help your friends who want to change the public perception of our riding passion, establish new laws for the benefit of all riders, and block proposed laws that increase restrictions. I don't know which bothers me more, the behavior itself or the lack of foresight in publicly posting on the Internet about it. Stupid is as stupid does.

Flame away!

(Personal note: Many of you have been my friends for many years. Forgive me for writing what has been in my heart for a long long time. Those who know me know that is painful for me to watch family and friends leave permanent trails on the Internet that can have long-lasting consequences.)
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D, you're right we need to set a better example for a better image.

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