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  1. PDXLaserGazer

    PDXLaserGazer Well-Known Member

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    6th gear is overdrive and usually I forget it's even there. Only time I enter that is when I'm at cruising speed, and only over 70mph when not likely to do much accelerating, and only highway, and if I care about gas mileage. At 85mph 6th is up around 3500RPM. With a well tuned motor, it feels and sounds great from around 2750 to redline. 5th will take me to about 105mph before the vibration forces a shift.
     
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  2. Pratt

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    I felt weird about it. But with everyone chiming in now, and riding some more at higher rpm I’m getting more comfortable with it. It’s still going to take some getting used to. I never been afraid of running it up to about 100-110. But just holding it at that rpm is what had me feeling uneasy. And I was incorrect. It runs 3500 at 90. 4K at 100. Thank you all for the input the more I hear the more I like
     
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    Same here. These bikes like to rev. Mine really likes to cruise between 2900-3100 rpm. Usually shifting at 3500+ in normal riding, and right up to redline when getting on it.

    wont hit 6th until I’m doing at least 70mph
     
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    Might as well stick this in here...

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    This spreadsheet is in the attached ZIP file...
     

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  5. slickvic

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    What gear are you in when reaching these speeds ?
    I hope you not riding 90 the whole 30 mins. That’s a nice ticket ! They will get you sooner or later. Slow down please ! Arrive safely. Oh and if your running Spectro Golden 4 semi synthetic 20/40 ? Then you have nothing to worry about at any speed. upload_2020-8-24_9-2-55.png View attachment 561957 View attachment 561963 View attachment 561961
     
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    Some states 90 is just keeping up with the traffic.
     
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    I've noticed since COVID the cagers are driving MUCH faster than pre-COVID here in Minnesota. Years past, if I did 85mph on the interstate I would almost never get passed. This year I'm getting passed on a regular basis while doing 85mph in a 70mph zone.

    Has anyone else noticed this in other parts of the country?
     
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    Yes. They don’t want confrontation as much as possible. Here’s another thing. Get pulled over after drinking alcohol. Wear your mask ? Can’t really smell it ? Not good as I e heard some in a bar using this to theory. This Covid Sh!t has caused a lot of other issues but it’s all in how we handled it. Lotta stupid people out there. So back to 90 on a motorcycle ? Sustained for 30 mins. Uh uh. Not me on the highway. I’m in the middle or right lane running 75 maybe 80. 3000 to 3200 rpm with UD pulley in 6 th.
    Yes now sixth gear is totally usable. When I ride my wife’s magnum on I 95 I can cruise that bike and fifth and she loves it around 75 to 80 mph but I put it in sixth gear and just lay back and enjoy the ride. Too many unpredictable things I have seen on the highway when everyone else is going out they’re running top speed. Don’t get me wrong I’m not afraid to be out there I’m just not gonna be one of the idiots or a statistic. Too many close calls with tractor trailers and people on the phone with their car set on cruise control. Great place for distraction.
     
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    Pre 116BB kit I had the underdrive pulley installed to give me that low end grunt I wanted, but it also came at a price - It wasn't good at highway speeds (at least in my observations). RPM's were too high at most anything over 70mph, even in sixth gear and fuel consumption was not good even with a good dyno tune. Post 116BB kit, I have the low end without excessive rpm's and sixth gear still acts like overdrive without poor gas mileage as before. Just my .02 cents.
     
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    @slickvic. You’re not wrong about it not being the best idea. Yes I do set my cruise for 90 from Exit 47-exit 75. I’ve gotten careless on the bike as of late. Seems like the more I ride the less respect I have for people in cars. I think I might try to relax a little. Challenge myself to not be dumb lol

    This oil you’ve mentioned. Is this what you’ve settled on for being the best? I see your name all over the oil threads.
     
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    Is that why I see these people driving around with masks on - they're all the drunks :beer3: :doh:
     
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    Yes !!! I thought the same thing.
     
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    I would like to recommend trying a pair of ear plugs so you can hear your motor pur without the wind blowing by your ears.
     
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    I'But Vic likes his Golden Spectro. But ...

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    No worries these motors love rpm's. My 106 with flashed ECM and cams runs right up to the increased 6400 rpm rev-limiter!
     
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