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post #1 of 21 Old 03-16-2014, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Maximum sustained RPM?

2013 650 Adventure, Redlines at 10,000. The motor spins up fast and like to rev when I run it. What would the maximum safe sustained engine RPM be for interstate running regardless of MPH. This is all new to me, My Harley would run at 3500 all day and redlined at 5900. Engine is almost broke in and will be hitting the interstate soon.

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2013 650 Adventure, Redlines at 10,000. The motor spins up fast and like to rev when I run it. What would the maximum safe sustained engine RPM be for interstate running regardless of MPH. This is all new to me, My Harley would run at 3500 all day and redlined at 5900. Engine is almost broke in and will be hitting the interstate soon.
Don't worry, it's a completely different animal, you can cruise all day at 90 mph and it doesn't mind revving high.

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It lives and thrives above 4500, so that is where it likes to be and was designed to run.

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A good percentage of the miles on my '07 were done at 6000rpm, a true 75mph, in western states. 8000rpm day after day is probably done easily though it will use a lot of fuel to push aside the atmosphere and blow a lot of oil out the breathers.

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Put some duct tape over the tachometer.

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Our '04 has spent several tankfuls of fuel at over 6000 rpm continuous. It doesn't even blow oil into the air box doing that rpm for hours on end.

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The rule of thumb used to be that two third of red line should be maximum cruising rpm. That would be 6600 rpms on the Glee. I think it was just a guideline and not scientifically decided.
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The rule of thumb used to be that two third of red line should be maximum cruising rpm. That would be 6600 rpms on the Glee. I think it was just a guideline and not scientifically decided.
I received the same advise many years ago by a very skilled and highly respected mechanic.
I've stuck to it since and have not experienced anything or seen/hear any evidence to make me change that practices.

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6600 RPM in 6th puts me over 100mph most likely. My 2013 wee averages 5500 RPM on the freeway and Im cruising at ~77mph. Ive been to just over 6k RPM, and cruising at 6600 would be nuts to me.
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Look at it this way over 75 mph you will be looking at a ticket for sure with the exception of a couple of states. So the Wee strom will easily do that all day everyday.

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A few years ago on my 2006 DL650 I had get-home-itis when I was in Utah. I made it home in 2.5 days.. about 3,200 km or about 2,000 miles. Out west I normally went around 90 mph (speed limit was 80 mph.) I think that had me revving at about 7,000 rpm. The bike had about 115,500 miles at when I left Utah.

It ran smooth as ever, in spite of the temperatures being around 100°F, and needed a top-up of oil at the end of each day.

These things LOVE to rev!

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