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04-28-2014, 09:01 PM,
#16
RE: What speed do you cruise at? How fast is too fast?
(04-28-2014, 08:04 PM)Elk Wrote: The 1300 is so much smoother than my shadow that it is pretty easy to be well over the speed limit without realizing it.

While I never thought of it I guess one could look at one of the "advantages" of my 650 is that I will probably never get a speeding ticket on it (no wood handy so I'm knocking on my head as I type). Anyway, the 650 is certainly capable of speeding...but by the time you get to the speed limit you already feel like you're doing 110. I like my VStar...but if I ever buy another bike with a 5-speed tranny it's going to have at least 1200cc.

John
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07-29-2014, 02:25 AM,
#17
RE: What speed do you cruise at? How fast is too fast?
Speed limit mostly .. I don't feel comfy above 70 though. That is .. if my speedo is correct.

Which brings up the question .. how accurate are our speedometers?
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07-29-2014, 10:08 AM,
#18
RE: What speed do you cruise at? How fast is too fast?
Depends on my surroundings. Freeway traffic can be crazy in Michigan, it's honestly safer to go with the flow of traffic than to go the speed limit.

@dkerwood01 mine is about 2-3 mph slow. GPS gives my speed and I thought that the GPS was inaccurate, until I used it in the car.
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07-29-2014, 01:48 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-29-2014, 01:48 PM by OldePhart.)
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RE: What speed do you cruise at? How fast is too fast?
Just FYI it's almost impossible for GPS speed to be off by much except for those times when you are accelerating or decelerating rapidly (or not receiving GPS signals, of course). The GPS integrates the speed using the position of the receiver several times a second so when rolling at a steady speed it is extremely accurate.

Of course, that's for dedicated GPS units. With GPS apps on phones you are subject to the whim of the phone and the app...the GPS function on those is not really intended for real time navigation so performance can be spotty depending on how well the app is written and how much other stuff the phone is trying to do at the same time.

John
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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07-30-2014, 01:06 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-30-2014, 01:08 AM by Mr RCOM.)
#20
RE: What speed do you cruise at? How fast is too fast?
lol in other forums people usually get all bent of of shape when someone brings up an old thread....

post on

oh... i used my tom tom and it indicated that my speedo on the bike was 1 to 2 mph slower than what the GPS says
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07-30-2014, 01:40 AM,
#21
RE: What speed do you cruise at? How fast is too fast?
On the freeway, I try to stay on or under the speed limit. On the backroads, I like to toodle and take my time, looking around. No hurry to get anywhere. If I was in a hurry, I would take the freeway.

If I want to feel some nice acceleration, I'll take the backroads here, the location of the speed test for the fastest production car in the world (Aero SSC TT) at over 250 mph (400 km/h) in 2007. There, I will put it up over 90 mph for quite a distance.

If you ask @Gibbo how fast I ride, he'll say I could walk faster than I ride....on Tasmanian Roads.....which are very curvy...and can be bumpy....with lots of blind corners...really blind corners, like everywhere...and WAY too much beautiful countryside to look at!!!!! I think he got upset with me. Sorry @Gibbo. Geologists don't ride or drive very fast. We like to look at EVERYthing.

And we never drive in a straight line, when there are beautiful rocks and rock formations to see....
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07-30-2014, 07:41 AM,
#22
RE: What speed do you cruise at? How fast is too fast?
(07-29-2014, 02:25 AM)dkerwood01 Wrote: Speed limit mostly .. I don't feel comfy above 70 though. That is .. if my speedo is correct.

Which brings up the question .. how accurate are our speedometers?
What's a speedometer? Smile
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07-30-2014, 10:18 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-30-2014, 10:21 PM by matty032.)
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RE: What speed do you cruise at? How fast is too fast?
(06-17-2013, 10:04 PM)Cambo Wrote: Just out of curiosity...and as a new rider of cruisers...I've noticed I don't feel comfortable taking the bike past 70mph. In fact, around 80 is when I feel like the engine is screaming and the rattling at the handlebars is excessive to where I don't have a clear side view mirror image. Is this normal?





haha, keep in mind I'm coming from a sport bike where doing 80-90mph feels like nothing. And it's not that I'm speeding on purpose! It's because the flow of traffic around DC is about 80mph...so I'm just trying to stay slightly ahead of these crazy ass drivers!





On the cruiser, I can't stay in the fast lane because I feel like I can't keep it at 85 mph or it's gonna blow! and I hate riding in any other lane except the fast lane...too many more variables to add to the accident equation!





I just need someone to tell me it'll be alright...





and also a hug. cars were bullying me all day today. :(





haha

What size bike are you running? To me the 950 sucks on the highway. It is way underpowered for me at least. All the buzzing and vibrating sucks. My next bike will be at a minimum a 1700. Sixth gear would help too. That being said, the 950 is great at 35-55 mph. But at 60+ I am always wishing for a bigger bike...
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