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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.
Now, you have hit the problem. The k-bike is designed to be ridden at 90-100mph but where can i do that legally? Nowhere close to here. I need to move to Germany... but not in the winter.

My BMW car is even worse. The ride you get at 90-100mph is so much better than 70-80mph.

If only I wasn't so cheap to want to avoid speeding tickets and the costs that goes with them. Then again, too many tickets leads to loss of license and then, even bigger problems.


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Now, you have hit the problem. The k-bike is designed to be ridden at 90-100mph but where can i do that legally? Nowhere close to here. I need to move to Germany... but not in the winter.

My BMW car is even worse. The ride you get at 90-100mph is so much better than 70-80mph.

If only I wasn't so cheap to want to avoid speeding tickets and the costs that goes with them. Then again, too many tickets leads to loss of license and then, even bigger problems.

Well, legal highway speed in a lot of states is up to 85 (ten over posted) plenty of speed for any motorcycle.


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Well, legal highway speed in a lot of states is up to 85 (ten over posted) plenty of speed for any motorcycle.
I need to go to those states - where are they. Don't tell me West Texas. My big old blacked out Escalade is cop magnet out there but it is hard to carry 20 Christmas presents on a bike.

Kansas has cops everywhere ready to write tickets. Oklahoma - don't even try it there with out of state tags; I was pulled over for 3 miles over the speed limit a couple of years ago.

Maybe I need to move to Germany.


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Florida. Most highways are 70-75 mph posted with much of the traffic running at 80-85 mph. That's why my C50 stays off the highways. Even after I install the DJ drive I don't think I'll be hitting those highways.

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The c50 can run those speeds but you will be about tapped out if you need to pass. One time, I was on the freeway with a viscous head wind. Normally, I try to pass Semi trucks so I don't get sprayed or have to listen to their noise. I had my c50 pegged out and was showing about 80mph. A Semi came up to pass me. When it blocked the wind some, I caught a side draft and was pulled up to the front of the Semi. Then, when I passed the Semi, the head winds pushed me back again. It was like being in a NASCAR race at Talledega with the serious drafting. After a few attempts of passing, I hit the brakes to let the truck move on and away from me.

I was going into a 40+mph headwind - no fun. Otherwise, the c50 can run those freeway speeds.


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The c50 can run those speeds but you will be about tapped out if you need to pass. One time, I was on the freeway with a viscous head wind. Normally, I try to pass Semi trucks so I don't get sprayed or have to listen to their noise. I had my c50 pegged out and was showing about 80mph. A Semi came up to pass me. When it blocked the wind some, I caught a side draft and was pulled up to the front of the Semi. Then, when I passed the Semi, the head winds pushed me back again. It was like being in a NASCAR race at Talledega with the serious drafting. After a few attempts of passing, I hit the brakes to let the truck move on and away from me.

I was going into a 40+mph headwind - no fun. Otherwise, the c50 can run those freeway speeds.
We had my C50 down in Western North Carolina, running up I-40 from Hickory to Asheville. My wife was in pillion and we had a week's worth of clothing packed on the bike. Climbing the mountains, I was in 4th gear, the engine pegged wide open and we were being PASSED by big-rigs because I could not hold 65 mph... Even with the DJ Drive, a fuel processor, intake and pipes, it was still out of power.

I got the bike above 85 mph (actual) only twice in the 4 years I owned it. Both times, it was in western Ohio (pancake flat) with a tail wind. It's a great bike, it's just not designed or intended to run like that. Even with a DJ Drive.

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For me, the DJ drive actually lowered my top speed in my unscientific test. I never took a passenger or loaded down the bike with over 80 pounds of stuff. My c50 would top out at about 105 indicated with the original final drive and about 100 indicated with the DJ modded drive but it was way smoother. In the flat lands that is much of Kansas, I could run at 80-85mph but I really didn't spend a lot of time on the freeway at those speeds. I did spend many hours enjoying the country roads at speeds of 65mph or less...well 70+ sometimes.

Today, I was bumping 80 in 2nd gear and slowing back down as I neared the rev limiter. I was just testing out the bike for running in 2nd through some curves and straights. Different bikes do different things. I figured out the things I wanted and then, was fortunate enough to get a bike that does those things.


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According to the MPH setting on my GPS my DJ made no difference in the top end.
I can't see where it made any difference in my MPG either.
Where it has made a difference is my butt isn't as sore a lot less engine vibration.
I have been riding my bike and swapped with my riding buddy Saturday (his is a c50 b.o.s.s)so he could try out the DJ. I immediately noticed the difference and so did he.

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The last two years out west, my bike has cruised along at 90+ for hours at a time, smooth, stable and efficient. Wick it up well into the triple digits and the only thing that changes is the fuel economy, but I have almost 11 gallons on board, so that isn't even a problem.

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On my cross country run in September, I had the opportunity to run the 80MPH speed limits out west and as others have said, the bike is tapped out at this speed. The DJ drive allows the bike to run smoother at this speed than before, but with a heavy head wind, that is all I could get. Fuel mileage dropped to low 30's and I was envious of my buddies R1200RT ability to pass cars at this speed.

Although I love my C50, once I fix the transportation damage, I hope to trade it in and purchase a larger bike to get a little more oomph. Currently looking at Yamaha's VStar 1300 as the C90 and others are just a little TOO big for my taste.

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