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I've always wondered what's the maximum speed I could get,
Not that I like speed (or else I wouldn't have bought an SCR)

but out of curiosity,

maybe sometimes I wondered how would this speed feel ... or how would the bike handle

Yesterday on HWY-280 up here in SF Bay Area, weather was perfect, no wind, no traffic, all conditions are so tempting...

Riding from the Gym back to work... didn't feel I am already going 95 MPH
so I decided to give it a little more... went up to 100 MPH..

then back to 89-90, then again.. and finally 103 MPH, not that the bike couldn't get more, but I think that this is how much I love life... so didn't wanna go further

but it was so surprising how the bike handled perfect, with my big 51L top box in the back fully loaded !! and it was super stable... (on rails)

wouldn't do it again though... this is addictive... !! and any mistake is gonna be the last mistake... 0:)
 

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I've always wondered what's the maximum speed I could get........... and finally 103 MPH.........the bike handled perfect, with my big 51L top box in the back fully loaded !!
That is pure madness running triple digit speeds with that second story addition you put on your bike. You are extremely fortunate that it didn't get squirrelly on you.

Besides........Acceleration is way more fun than top speed. Lol
 
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That is pure madness running triple digit speeds with that second story addition you put on your bike. You are extremely fortunate that it didn't get squirrelly on you.

Besides........Acceleration is way more fun than top speed. Lol
Lol, I agree... enjoying the journey more than destination :grin2:

I barely touched the 103, then back to my 80s though 0:)
 

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I did the ton brethren just to ensure that it was possible and that was enough for me. 0:) I prefer 55 to 70 on the Scrambler. That is when it's the happiest. The Yam 950 tourer (which I owned before the Scrambler) had the same engine, but the gear ratio was much different and you could cruise 80 or 90 mph on the hwy with no prob for extended periods of time.
 

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Lol, yes that certainly makes you more appreciative of things hitting 100, then cutting 'er back down ha ha ha. My DL-1000 V-Strom was a Monster. 6 speed trans, couldn't even use 6th gear until you hit 75 mph or it would bog down on you, Lol. Said "Overdrive" on speedo when you hit 6th gear and it went up to 150 mph. I went up to about 133 once and have no doubt it could have gone all the way, but not with me on it. I much prefer to remain 3 dimensional . . .
 

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This is a very different bike than my old V65 Magna, which would hit 130mph on an average highway on-ramp. I pushed it over 100mph, just to make sure it could, but it's not happy there, and I'm not happy there. Once I get Ivan's flash and a new intake I might try it again, but for now I'm happy just eating up the backroads.

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This is a very different bike than my old V65 Magna, which would hit 130mph on an average highway on-ramp. I pushed it over 100mph, just to make sure it could, but it's not happy there, and I'm not happy there. Once I get Ivan's flash and a new intake I might try it again, but for now I'm happy just eating up the backroads.

Charles.
I can confirm that, with both the reflash and revised intake, they’re still not happy at three-figure speeds. You can tell the engine is working harder than it wants to. When I went to Stafford the other day, it’s 100 miles each way - most of which is motorway miles. She’s not too bad at 80-85, but starts to get unhappy above that. I saw 3-figures on the speedo once, but again she’s not happy there. Better (ie non-OEM) tyres might help, with the screaming if nothing else (albeit, the roar from them tends to get drowned out above 80mph). Having said all that, I’m relatively happy with how the bike performs on the motorway, but that’s with the caveat that I expected it to be absolutely shite, and it isn’t! It’s not it’s natural habitat though. My old man, charitably following me, says his Tracer never got over 5500rpm! :grin2: As @Big-X says, revised gearing plays a role here, and I know others on the Bolt forum have looked at swapping one or both of the sprockets (dont think anyone has managed it yet tho).

Also bear in mind with speeds indicated here, the speedo is pretty inaccurate up at the top end. I had my sat nav on at the same time, and the speedo is optimistic by almost 10mph, as it approaches 100mph (ie. you’re probably not going much more than 90).

Be interesting to see what the Koso says when fitted - with regards to both MPH and RPM.
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After about 1000 miles my tires quieted down. I no longer get the howl starting at 67mph, so that's nice. I'll have to run it with my GPS speedometer and see if i can do the actual ton, but I'll prob wait until after Ivan.

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I've got 4000 miles and there's still noise when I'm in the neighborhood of 70 mph. It's more of a harmonic sound now, sort of like holding down a key on a touch tone phone, less of a monotone whine.

We have a few of those radar signs near home that tell you your speed, and it's almost always telling me I'm going a good 20% slower than my own reading. That said, I can attest that the speedo can and will tell you you're going 105. :wink2:
@harleyy_rider22 The place where I've exercised the engine the most is in the morning on the straight stretch of 101 southbound between Palo Alto and Mountain View, where there are two express lanes, and often the left one will be completely empty. Of course now that I've put that info out, the cops will decide to set up there...
 

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I've brought mine up to 102... doubled over the tank, I was a little freaked out about slowing down but being so tall I just sat up and mother nature brought me back to 80 in a few seconds haha
 

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Speed Freaks

Why is it that we always need to see how fast something will go?
Doesn't matter what it is. Could be a lawn mower.
My sons Exmark leaves my Gravely in it's dust, or should I say clippings.
 

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I've got 4000 miles and there's still noise when I'm in the neighborhood of 70 mph. It's more of a harmonic sound now, sort of like holding down a key on a touch tone phone, less of a monotone whine.
Sometimes, I’d swear it’s the drive belt, but I’m happy with alignment, and it’s running slightly looser than spec (by a whole couple of mm).
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Why is it that we always need to see how fast something will go?
Doesn't matter what it is. Could be a lawn mower.
My sons Exmark leaves my Gravely in it's dust, or should I say clippings.
Ha - i was just trying to beat the rain home! (my filter cover hasn’t arrived yet :wink2:)
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Relatively sure there is a rev limiter. Nothing probably that a Power Commander wouldn't alleviate. If you wanted to do that though, yes, different tires would be a good idea. Thought I was quite thrifty when I replaced my stock V-Strom tires with some cheap Shinkos. Those things would howl like a couple of wolves during a full moon. Right as soon as I got over like 45 mph to around 60. Performance was quite good but they were just louder than heck. Unfortunately, we can't really listen to the tires and try them out before we buy them.
 

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I've gotten it up to 115mph, I'm pretty sure that was the limit. All I have is a slip on exhaust from radiant and clubman bars. I was fully tucked down but I was also wearing a backpack.
 

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I've gotten it up to 115mph, I'm pretty sure that was the limit. All I have is a slip on exhaust from radiant and clubman bars. I was fully tucked down but I was also wearing a backpack.
Think you must mean “jet pack”........?!
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Relatively sure there is a rev limiter. Nothing probably that a Power Commander wouldn't alleviate.
Not sure what it is as stock, but Ivan’s reflash raises it to 7100rpm (in all gears).
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@harleyy_rider22 The place where I've exercised the engine the most is in the morning on the straight stretch of 101 southbound between Palo Alto and Mountain View, where there are two express lanes, and often the left one will be completely empty. Of course now that I've put that info out, the cops will decide to set up there...
LOL Hopefully not !! we rarely find anyone who has an SCR .. narrower chance to be a cop, and close to impossible to be a member of the forum... lol
and yea, I know where exactly is that... used to live in Palo Alto

my 103 MPH was southbound 280 from Sunnyvale, heading to downtown San Jose... very wide highway and wind is totally helping... since I am with it not against..
 

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If the speedo is really that far off, I may snag myself one of the speedo healers on eBay.

Charles.
 
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