Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The Rock and Roll Capital
Thanked 1,813 Times in 1,255 Posts
Well, your BMW is engineered to ride at that speed, so you should notice an improvement in handling above 80 on an LT or a wing. That is the speed they should be ridden at.
My R1200 GS is a blast to ride between 0-90. It is crisp and sudden all the way up. Speeds between 80-100 (normal long distance speeds) the bike becomes very pointable and quiet in 6th gear (I can also ride hard at 100 in 5th for slash and burn riding.)
I do use the large square aluminum panniers, so I do keep speeds under 110MPH, the aerodynamics of the bike are affected by 45 liter aluminum rectangles. But even at 105-110, the bike is very planted and comfy on the slab.
All motorcycles plant better at higher speed because of the forces that keep them upright. So lateral movement takes a little harder press or lean. It also keeps the bike more stable, providing sort of a guided missile feel to lane changes.
Naturally, I recommend speeds under 90 for exit ramps and steep unbanked turns. Although there is nothing like a big sweeper at 100.
Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
"Faster, Faster.... Until the thrill of speed overwhelms the fear of death"
I'm a mystery, get it, mystery... hey, a lot of people think that's funny
Harley Davidson Flathead "World's Fastest Harley"
BMW R1200GS... The Bavarian Marriage Wrecker.
2012 Ural Tourist 2WD "Natasha".