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2011 Wee. First oil change at 800 miles. Just did the second at 3200 miles.
Engine seems to have really broken in, and is getting better and better with each mile ridden.

On highways near home, if you don't go at least 75-80 mph you will be run over. My Wee feels smooth and stable at between 80 and 90 m.p.h. 80 m.p.h. on my speedometer translates into 6000 r.p.m. 90 m.p.h. on speedometer is about 6500 r.p.m. I am pleasantly surprised at how calm the bike is at 90! not a vibration or buffeting or anything- just smooth sailing!

Question: is 80-90mph on highway fine for long periods of time on an engine with 3200 miles. Apologies for being a newbie on motorcycle engines. Responses please.:confused:
 

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I don't know about the 2011's but earlier versions like my '07 have speedos that read almost exactly 10% optomistic. So I do quick math all the time: Speedo reads 60, I'm doing 54. Speedo reads 80 I'm doing 72, etc.

And these motors prefer to be revved vs. being lugged so ride it like you stole it and run a quality synthetic in it like Amsoil.
 

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I don't know about the 2011's but earlier versions like my '07 have speedos that read almost exactly 10% optomistic. So I do quick math all the time: Speedo reads 60, I'm doing 54. Speedo reads 80 I'm doing 72, etc.
2011 have the same optimistic 10% speed error.

I ignore the speedometer completely and look at the GPS speed which is very accurate (Garmin Nuvi 765), and it also shows me the legal max speed for that road. If I'm above the legal speed the actual speed turns to red.
 

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2011 have the same optimistic 10% speed error.

I ignore the speedometer completely and look at the GPS speed which is very accurate (Garmin Nuvi 765), and it also shows me the legal max speed for that road. If I'm above the legal speed the actual speed turns to red.
So, is it ever NOT red?
 

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They put all those numbers on your speedometer for you to use.
 

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So, is it ever NOT red?
Yes, only in the first minute of riding :biggrinjester:

Seriously, it is red most of the time, the point is I never remember the max legal value, and it is very useful. Trying to stay within 10-15% of legal max values.
And to be honest, I don't 'ride the speedo' but keep my head out most of the time looking at the horizon (i.e. far away), only looking at the GPS and speed from time to time. My GPS talks to me through ear buds, so I don't really need to look at the moving map all the time.
The tachometer is useful, but I'm not looking at it either most of the time, but using my ears to detect the RPM.
 
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