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Mr. Efficiency said:
Alls I know is if you ride it routinely over 90 MPH you won't need to worry about getting it any faster.
I did that on a regular basis for 1 1/2 hrs at a time. Who cares I was on my 3'rd engine :shock:

Now I do in 3'rd gear on my Dl1000 :D
 

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jpaige said:
Mr. Efficiency said:
Alls I know is if you ride it routinely over 90 MPH you won't need to worry about getting it any faster.
I did that on a regular basis for 1 1/2 hrs at a time. Who cares I was on my 3'rd engine :shock:

Now I do in 3'rd gear on my Dl1000 :D
Show off. :p 8)
 

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Had mine up to a little over 160 kmh indicated (approx 100 MPH) a few weeks ago on a long back road south of Lethbridge. Still had some room left on the throttle, but buffetting was getting pretty bad so backed 'er down before I maxed out the throttle. Have put on a set of home-made lowers using instructions from a posting on this site since then, so need to find a longer road and see if that helps the top-end. Mine is an '05 C50SE with about 8000 miles on her ... looks like a C50T but without the studs. Running stock set-up for the most part, minor mods including a K&N air filtre and drilled 8 holes in the backplate of the muffler (and one hole up the middle of the first plate inside), running 87 octane gas and mobile 1 synthetic oil.

As others have said, these bikes are cruisers so not made for 150 MPH dashes like the crotch-rockets out there....I just happened to have a particularly bad day and needed some air-induction to clear out the cobwebs.
 

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i have a 2003 suzuki vs800 36,000 miles all original with drilled out stock pipes. i have the 19" front wheel with honda inner tubes and perelli touring tires. the speedo seems accurate according to those "your speed is" flashing signs that the police set up in certain areas. i have done 115 mph with 10" saddle bags and a front tool bag under the headlight (though no tools in it). i am 5'3" stocky 190 lbs. the bike felt like it would go faster if i stayed on the throttle. i have also kept up with a yamaha r1 thru deals gap and blood mt with the same luggage and on the softest suspension settings and only scrapping pegs a couple times. my friend behind me on a ducatti diaval said the tires look like they were about to come off the rims because they flex so much. i have a lot of respect for the suzuki intruder, its the easiest bike to maintain, has plenty of power and decent gas mileage at 41 mpg on 87 octane living in atlanta georgia. it cranks up every time and i have never winterized it.
 

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105-110

I landed on this page looking for easy performance boosts for my 2001 Volusia. It looks like I am not to shabby though. I've hit 105-110 on a flat surface with no wind. I don't have a windshield so I had to hang on for dear life. You get about 5-10 mph boost at those speeds by just leaning forward and getting flat, though it looks pretty stupid on a cruiser.
My buddies ride huge bikes. While I was hitting 105, they blew past me like I was on a skateboard. I don't mind though, I know where the bar is and I can just meet them there. I'm not one for speed anyway, I nice rural road at 40-50 is perfect. VL800s are perfect for that.
 

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A couple of weeks ago during a poker run in eastern Utah on I-70 (speed limit 80 mph) with a mass gaggle of Harleys I hit 100 mph for a little bit trying to keep up with them. Speedo is pretty accurate and I have stock tire sizes. Also have a VS1400 rear drive and a windshield and it was a fairly windy that day. Had some throttle left as well. So I think 110 with a DJ or 1400 drive is probably a reasonable estimate.
 

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A couple of weeks ago during a poker run in eastern Utah on I-70 (speed limit 80 mph) with a mass gaggle of Harleys I hit 100 mph for a little bit trying to keep up with them. Speedo is pretty accurate and I have stock tire sizes. Also have a VS1400 rear drive and a windshield and it was a fairly windy that day. Had some throttle left as well. So I think 110 with a DJ or 1400 drive is probably a reasonable estimate.
Harleys will do over a hundred all day long. And I can tell you under the best circumstances a C50 will have a hard time hanging with a group of Harleys. I have been on the C50 and the Harley. The guy in the C50 is struggling and the guys on the Harleys are not aware they have lost the C50 guys. Been there, done that numerous times.
 

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Harleys will do over a hundred all day long. And I can tell you under the best circumstances a C50 will have a hard time hanging with a group of Harleys. I have been on the C50 and the Harley. The guy in the C50 is struggling and the guys on the Harleys are not aware they have lost the C50 guys. Been there, done that numerous times.
As the guy who used to struggle to keep up with the Harleys while on my C50, I can confirm this is the truth.... I spent most of my time with the throttle pegged, the engine screaming for its life and watching the tail lights of the rest of the group disappear far ahead.
 

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Where is this 100mph speed limit located? The c50 will do the speed limit just about everywhere. With the DJ mod drive, it can do higher speed limits with comfort (after switching out the seat...). Suzuki does make motorcycles that will leave the HDs behind (far behind) if that is your desire; it just isn't the c50.
 

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Where is this 100mph speed limit located? The c50 will do the speed limit just about everywhere. With the DJ mod drive, it can do higher speed limits with comfort (after switching out the seat...). Suzuki does make motorcycles that will leave the HDs behind (far behind) if that is your desire; it just isn't the c50.
I found it to be completely underpowered riding on the Interstate in Florida. Traffic moves at around 80MPH. There is nothing left in throttle to allow you to safely maneuver.
 

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I found it to be completely underpowered riding on the Interstate in Florida. Traffic moves at around 80MPH. There is nothing left in throttle to allow you to safely maneuver.
I said the c50 could do the limits. It can. Does it have power to go from 80 to 100 to get out of trouble (or put you into more trouble)? Nope, it doesn't. I also had it pegged with full throttle and could barely go 75mph when faced with a 40+mph headwind. The c50 is a lot of fun to ride around town.

As always, figure out what you want to get out of your motorcycle and buy accordingly - there is give and take in all vehicles. The c50 met my initial needs very well.
 

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It met mine too. I wanted to figure out if I actually wanted to ride a motorcycle without spending Harley money. The answer was yes so I went and bought the Harley.
 

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Where is this 100mph speed limit located? The c50 will do the speed limit just about everywhere. With the DJ mod drive, it can do higher speed limits with comfort (after switching out the seat...). Suzuki does make motorcycles that will leave the HDs behind (far behind) if that is your desire; it just isn't the c50.
The speed limit on the interstates in many places is 70 mph and in some states is 80. Traffic routinely flows 5 to 15 mph over that posted speed limit depending on the area.

The C50 is not designed or intended to ride at those speeds, especially for a long time. Yes, it can do a true 80 mph, but that is with the throttle pegged and no power left to pass. You in effect, become a moving speed bump for faster vehicles... Which isn't a whole lot of fun.

It took me trying to ride with bikes that could easily keep up with traffic, especially in a group to finally understand that. When everyone else can easily accelerate from 60-100 in a matter of seconds and your bike's acceleration at that speed is measured in calendar days, it really tells you something...
 

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I like a more "relaxed" speed than some are suggesting. The C50 was not up to pulling western US hills loaded with luggage so I opted for the "more is better" and went with a 1500 Vulcan. After many years and miles the "more is better" became too much weight. I now ride a much lighter bike with more HP than either the C50 or the Vulcan. More HP and less weight makes for a "faster" bike but I still like a more relaxed speed than some are suggesting. It will go from 0 to 100 faster than stink and that's fun once in a while but 60 is good for seeing and smelling the country side.

Ride with folks who are a bit more sensible....................
 

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With a few minor mods, I have had my Volusia up to 140 MPH on a stretch of Runway in Robbins Ga where they used to land SR-71s... it was night, though and my clocker, my girlfriend, moved back to Canada to continue her career in pornography.

I have beaten Valentino Rossi commemorative R1s in drag races and once out ran a Lamborghini Gallardo through a set of cones with my Volusia... unfortunately, it killed me, where I immediately was sent to Hell where the devil rode a Harley Davidson that ran at 100 all day. And the only motorcycle shops would only sell you bikes if you paid to have magic cams installed.

I did get better.


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