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post #1 of 46 Old 09-10-2013, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Higher Speed running on the DL650

In general I strongly dislike riding on Interstate Highways (or equivalent.) I just find them soul-siucking, boring, and annoying especially with other vehicles on the highway. So apart from the 20 or so minutes of Super-Highway on my daily commute I really avoid them as much as possible.

Sometimes though it is really the only sensible way to make time or to cover longer distances or avoid busy metropolitain areas and it just isn't practical to avoid it.

So this Sunday my wife and were finishing a 4,400 km/ 2700 mile ride down thorugh Ohio then to North Carolina and back. She was on her Gladius, me on my 2012 DL650. Both were reasonably loaded. On Sunday we wanted to get home and had about 480 km or 295 miles to get there. Not a big deal but to head to our home east of the Greater Toronto Area the only sensible way to go is all expressways. So the last 300 km/ 190 miles were spent mainly riding at 75 to 85 mph with occasional sputs up to about 90 mph.

As much has I dislike the superhighways, it never fails to amaze me at how nice these bikes go as this speed and how much power the motor seems to have. It gets so smooth in the 6000 to 7000 rpm range and just feels like it was meant to be there all day. It shouldn't really surprise me as two years ago I rode from Utah to the Greater Toronto area in about 2.5 days. Most of that 3,200 km/2,000 mile ride on my 2006 DL650 was at 75 to 90 mph.

Anyway just wanted to comment on how nice these bikes are to ride!

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+1 on the soul suckiness of the Interstate System. I avoid them even when I drive my truck. I do find that there are ranges where my '08 Wee is more comfortable - around the indicated speeds of 70mph and 80mph I believe. Gets a little "buzzy" in between...

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I agree 100% Tom. Makes the notion that anyone NEEDS anything bigger than a 650CC motor, dubious. Zero to 60 in 4 seconds is fast enough for me, thank you.

That and the 6 speed transmission make the stock front sprocket and gearing fine. I had a 16T front on my bike when I bought it and first gear was just TOO tall. I put the stock sprocket back on and the bike just felt happier all around. I noticed and appreciated the closer gear spacing immediately. I don't need 6th gear until I'm doing 60 mph and turning 5k in 5th. I seldom feel the need to exceed 8k when shifting up or passing - and I get a consistent 53 mpg.

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I hardly ever make the exception, but I rode the slab recently on a trip from CO Sprg. up through Ft. Collins. I got off onto a two-lane north of Denver that paralleled the Interstate, but I quickly realized it would take forever because it was still too urban and I needed to go 500 miles that day.

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Very few bikes can cruise interstates, be a great commuter and run on dirt roads while doing all it so well, and none can match the price. Interstates suck all the joy out of riding but sometimes its the best thing to do.
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Boy, impatience is a plague on you. Needed to bursts of 90 mph? or was that Canadian 90 kpm?
I can run all day long at 70 or less and the occasional run to 75 if it's posted. I guess being older has taken some of the urgency to go fast to be replaced with the urgency to go to the bathroom. Oh, just dang!
Oh, I like the interstates for going places at a constant speed without worrying about animals being a hazard, not that that doesn't happen.
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No not impatient. 75 to 90 MPH were the speeds needed to not be run over. That's only 120 to 145 kph which are pretty normal speeds on the highways on which I commute to work. (Real speeds as per GPS.) I wouldn't be alive riding over 30,000 miles per year if I was impatient.

And I'm old enough to be completely conversant in Imperial units (and also US Gallons.)

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I've recently done a few hours of highway travel on my Glee, and I noticed I kept slowing down. ... as in, I'd throttle up to 65mph and hold it there. Some minutes later I'd notice my speed had dropped to 55-58mph, so I'd give it more throttle get back up to 65mph. A little while later I'd be slowed down again.

I found it very hard to hold a steady pace without a lot of monitoring the speedo/ GPS and correcting. It happened in both directions, so I don't think it was related a long climb. Never noticed this on my Vee, only the 650.
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Hey Tom, last time I was in Ontario I remember seeing signs about getting your vehicle impounded and/or losing your license, for speeding above a certain amount- is that for real, or is it just to keep us tourists in line? Seems pretty harsh!

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Hey Tom, last time I was in Ontario I remember seeing signs about getting your vehicle impounded and/or losing your license, for speeding above a certain amount- is that for real, or is it just to keep us tourists in line? Seems pretty harsh!
50 km/hr over (30 mph) and you lose you license and vehicle for a week on the spot. No judge, no jury, no appeal.

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