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I prefer a bigger -- which often but not always means heavier -- bike to run that fast for any distance.
My Victory Cross Roads was excellent for that. If I had to run like that more often, I would never have sold it.
But the best ride I ever had for 80+ was the Suzuki Burgman 650. Seriously.
I read an article a while back with people riding bikes and a Burgman. The Burgman was the surprise hit by all of the riders. It wasn't their #1 choice as compared to the other bikes (came in #2) but was really used to get riders from one place to another. Like, they had more riders than bikes and threw in the Burgman to get the extra rider from one place to another and then, switch around the rides.


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Don't get me wrong; I love the c50 for around town and even rides in the countryside at 65mph and under. It is a really fun bike. With the modded drive, (and Mustang seat) I rode for many hours straight. I got compliments every time I took my unique bike for a ride. The compliments have stopped... maybe I need to paint my current ride green and gold...nah.


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I prefer a bigger -- which often but not always means heavier -- bike to run that fast for any distance.

My Victory Cross Roads was excellent for that. If I had to run like that more often, I would never have sold it.

But the best ride I ever had for 80+ was the Suzuki Burgman 650. Seriously.

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Too many people underestimate the maxi-scoots. The Grouch's X-9 was a fantastic bike. She put more than 11,000 miles on it in under 2 years, most of it on the highway. 80 mph was nothing for that bike and the full fairing, heated grips, seat, etc made it a really comfortable ride. When the time comes that I can no longer hold up a large bike, I'll go back to a maxi-scoot!

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What kind of mpg do you get at those highway speeds? I was really, really close to going with a Road King at my last purchase. I even had one picked out.
Mid 40's. A year ago, after I laid my C50c down, I decided to retire the bike. I found a gently used 2006 RK classic with 15,000 miles on it. It had just been serviced and with new tires and priced to sell, I bought it. 12 months later, and 15,000 more miles, the bike is everything I wanted in an upgrade. I had a pearl white and ghost flame limited edition Boulevard so I prefer the lighter colored versions and this one is the silver classic with enough chrome to keep me busy cleaning it.

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And now, the 3-wheeled maxi scoot from Piaggio. Looks like they lean well.


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I own a cruiser, a CT50 - for the purpose of cruising. I rarely ride an interstate and usually it is just to get to another back road. Most of my riding is at about 60 mph or less, enjoying every minute of the ride. If I want to get someplace in a hurry I get in the car. I realize this is not really what the topic was asking - but when I do ride in excess of 70 mph the bike vibrates quite a bit more. I'm not uncomfortable riding at that speed, I just don't see the point!
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Yep - You are right. The c50 is a very enjoyable backroads cruiser. Relax, listen to the engine (or music in the helmet) and watch the countryside go by. Doing short stints on the Freeway is no problem for the c50, especially with a modded final drive. I enjoyed many hours of those rides.


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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.


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Naturally, I recommend speeds under 90 for exit ramps and steep unbanked turns. Although there is nothing like a big sweeper at 100.


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Naturally, I recommend speeds under 90 for exit ramps and steep unbanked turns. Although there is nothing like a big sweeper at 100.


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Sounds like the Lolo Highway in MT/ID..................great ride.[/QUOTE]


Yup, Lolo sure is a fun ride! Sorry I missed riding it with you guys this year Duffy.


As for the high speed riding, I usually settle in around 75-80 mph on the 'wing and it is quiet and comfortable all day long. I have taken it up to 115MPH once while riding the foothills of Alberta. It was very smoothe and inspired a lot of confidence, but then my mortality tapped me on the shoulder and suggested I slow it down a bit just in case a deer decided to jump out of the bush and test my reflexes.

I did ride it at 100mph for a couple hours between Kingman, AZ and Henderson, NV...but traffic was going so fast along there I was the slowest vehicle on the road!

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