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post #71 of 79 Old 08-13-2018, 07:49 PM
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I have a 2016 650 XT. I weight 260.

Coming from Myrtle Beach South Carolina back to Waynesboro Virginia, I had to run pretty quick all the way up on 95 towards Richmond. It was an extremely hot day and I was running in the passing lane most of the time. I looked down one time and was surprised to see that I was running 95 miles an hour and bike showed no signs of strain. I also have a top case on the back.

The bike will handle the higher speeds with no problem.

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I cruise at 85 indicated (80 real speed)...
Why do you use the caveat "real speed?" Is there some known issue with V-strom speedometers? Are they known to read high?

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Stock speedo notoriously optimistic with stock gearing. Somebody must have a different DL650 than my 2013 at higher speeds. Mine will hold 80 for a long time but I would not call it a cruise. I really don't care for mine at a real 85 to 90 but maybe I am being a wimp. You certainly won't doze off at 85 with all the buffeting, buzzing, vague handling at those higher speeds. Maybe I need some service? I have no problem with long distances but a real 65-75 is much more pleasant. 60 is just plain sweet if you have the time. Seriously some here like 80 mph for long duration on stock gearing? I think my riding gear is pretty good. I am an earplugger.

Don't get me wrong, I love this machine and recommend it to anyone as general all around bike for great value but cruise? If high speeds and cruising are your thing, it would not be my first recommendation.

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@kfh000 : I found both my DL650's loved running at those speeds all day long. (My 2006 had one front sprocket tooth higher for slightly reduced revs, my 2012 was stock and even though it had slightly shorter gearing than the 2006 I didn't feel the need to make the gearing taller.)

If your complaint is buffeting and handling issues then you need to fine tune your setup. Tire pressure, spring pre-load etc can make a big difference.

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@kfh000 : I found both my DL650's loved running at those speeds all day long. (My 2006 had one front sprocket tooth higher for slightly reduced revs, my 2012 was stock and even though it had slightly shorter gearing than the 2006 I didn't feel the need to make the gearing taller.)

If your complaint is buffeting and handling issues then you need to fine tune your setup. Tire pressure, spring pre-load etc can make a big difference.

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I did make some upgrades on the buffeting and it is much improved. I will run through the suspension set up and see if that helps. It just seems to be pretty busy at real 85. Without going for a ride I am thinking I am in the 6K range at that speed?
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I agree 65 to 70 is much more comfortable than 80 to 90, but the bike is not really stressed. These engines have no trouble maintaining 7 to 8 thousand rpm. It may burn a tiny amount of oil running that high for long periods. So far mine doesn't, with 10k miles on the clock. Seems stable enough at those speeds. Luggage may make a difference, I don't have any experience with that.

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Why do you use the caveat "real speed?" Is there some known issue with V-strom speedometers? Are they known to read high?
All bike speedometer read optimistic. Strom speedo in particular read 7-8% high, so when the speedo is on 80 MPH indicated (as in the needle is dead on 80 MPH), you're actually travelling at 74.4 MPH.

Not a big difference, not that it matters....but when you're commuting in a big city and and the minimum speed in the fast lane is 80 MPH, that becomes important...otherwise you get run off by all manner of cars, including fully loaded 18 wheelers.

So yes, it becomes fairly important.
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I did make some upgrades on the buffeting and it is much improved. I will run through the suspension set up and see if that helps. It just seems to be pretty busy at real 85. Without going for a ride I am thinking I am in the 6K range at that speed?
6000-6500 RPM on my 04 DL650 is right at 75-80 indicated and 70-75 gps for the most part. My bike seems to feel at its best at the above numbers.

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