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Bike at 85mph, Your Experience

So, I was on the way home yesterday on a 400+ mile ride. I decided to go with the fast traffic on my old k1200LT. At 85mph+ (no, I won't say what the + got to...lol), the bike seemed to settle in, run smooth and the gas mileage IMPROVED. In my short experience with BMWs (car and bike), they seem to be made to run on the Autobahn at 90-100mph+, settling in, remaining easy to handle, chewing up miles, hugging corners and getting better mpg with more throttle to spare.

For you guys on the bigger bikes: What is the ride like when going with the fast traffic? How is the handling on your bike at those speeds? What happens to your mpg? How is your passing power? How is your comfort level and when do the bad vibrations kick in?

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Every time I get up to ride "with the flow of traffic", I keep asking myself "Why did you wait so long, stupid?"

The big bike makes all the difference in the world. I can cruise at 90+ mph all day long, with tunes blasting from the stereo in my console. There is more where that came from as a quick twist of the throttle will get me in excess of 115 mph in a hurry, no down shift necessary. Vibrations? What's that? Oh, I remember that. When my poor VTwin was hammering so hard that it felt like it was going to detonate below me. There are no vibrations on my CTX at any speed. So much so, I can FEEL them on every other bike I ride. Fuel economy? If I am loafing, I can get as high as 50 mpg. If I'm ripping down the interstate at 90, I'll dip into the high 30s to low 40s for mpg.

This bike is so night and day better than any other bike I've ever owned, I don't know what I was thinking. There is no compromise or having to settle for simply adequate. The bike really shines..
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Well, if I am on the C50, going down a hill, with the wind at my back, no traffic and no braking needed, 85 MPH is great!

Other than that, I stick to the surface roads!
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I had the experience of running 85+ mph many times on the Boulevard. Some were for 100 miles duration or more. Although you could feel the medium weight nature of the bike but stable on the road. With mild wind or no wind, felt confident, and had no issues and bike performed well. Fuel mileage was a dog. Down to the low 30's mpg. Never had a problem passing. With the DJ drive, I could drop down to 4th and use it as a passing gear, then back to 5th.

On my Road King, that speed is doable all day long. Great straight line bike. Set the electronic cruise and I can certainly lay down some miles and get wherever I'm going in a hurry. The speed limits here on toll roads, and out west in Texas are signed at 80 and even 85mph. That will allow traffic to flow at nearly 90 within the law of 3-4 miles over the limit. That's fast, fast. Big bikes are stable, heavy, and offer a confident platform for riding fast. Lots of power for passing.
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Joking aside, if I am solo, I don't mind going fast on the Bully. But I almost always ride 2 up with the lady friend & that makes for a real squirrelly experience. Especially with Detroit traffic and road conditions (moon crater potholes), it is not worth the risk.

Now you want a crazy ride, my '94 sportster 883 was like a Burro on meth at those speeds. shaky, loud, windswept and unpredictable. Then when I got off it felt like I had been beat with a rubber hose.

I had to keep gorilla tape on me at all times for road repairs & had to constantly tighten everything haha.
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Joking aside, if I am solo, I don't mind going fast on the Bully. But I almost always ride 2 up with the lady friend & that makes for a real squirrelly experience. Especially with Detroit traffic and road conditions (moon crater potholes), it is not worth the risk.

Now you want a crazy ride, my '94 sportster 883 was like a Burro on meth at those speeds. shaky, loud, windswept and unpredictable. Then when I got off it felt like I had been beat with a rubber hose.

I had to keep gorilla tape on me at all times for road repairs & had to constantly tighten everything haha.
I had a '91 883 Sporty... Your observations mirror my own. Loud, uncomfortable, unpredictable and only good for short stints at best..

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The 1500 Vulcan was comfortable at 85 but didn't have much left (wouldn't do 100). No vibrations to speak of and with ear plugs it was relatively quiet. Gas mileage was pretty low (upper 30's-low 40's). It would do that all day long with no problem.

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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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I had the experience of running 85+ mph many times on the Boulevard. Some were for 100 miles duration or more. Although you could feel the medium weight nature of the bike but stable on the road. With mild wind or no wind, felt confident, and had no issues and bike performed well. Fuel mileage was a dog. Down to the low 30's mpg. Never had a problem passing. With the DJ drive, I could drop down to 4th and use it as a passing gear, then back to 5th.

On my Road King, that speed is doable all day long. Great straight line bike. Set the electronic cruise and I can certainly lay down some miles and get wherever I'm going in a hurry. The speed limits here on toll roads, and out west in Texas are signed at 80 and even 85mph. That will allow traffic to flow at nearly 90 within the law of 3-4 miles over the limit. That's fast, fast. Big bikes are stable, heavy, and offer a confident platform for riding fast. Lots of power for passing.
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.


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