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post #1 of 27 Old 12-03-2013, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Wee 650--Handling 70mph

I'm still curious about this 650 that has me intrigued. A couple more questions, if I may--

Cruising along at 70mph, 1 up, and a "normal" load for a trip of a couple thousand miles. Does the 650 struggle, or does it breeze along no trouble? I mean, can it handle steep long grades? Does the throttle have to be cranked open pretty far with the engine working hard to keep at it? Does it have a lot of reserve still left?

If I get with a group who like to ride at 75 - 80, can the 650 breeze along, or is it running right at the top of its ability?

Another question about RPMs at 70mph. With normal sprocket, what RPMs does the tach show?
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If I get with a group who like to ride at 75 - 80, can the 650 breeze along, or is it running right at the top of its ability?

Another question about RPMs at 70mph. With normal sprocket, what RPMs does the tach show?
In 6th gear it's about 4k rpm at 70. Might be 5k rpm at 80. I was breezing along with 2 sport bikes last weekend at 75 mph no problem at all and..... comfortable!

I don't know about long hills - not many here in IL!
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It will handle a real 75mph, 82 indicated, going up roads in the Rockies in 6th gear at 6000rpm with a full luggage load.
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75 on a long steep grade? It does it OK. But, it is definitely working hard. At its limits.

In the Illinois flatlands no problem though.

If you are asking this question, you need a vee.

I did this last year with some guys on litre bikes and regretted it.




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Its definitely busy at a true 70 mph. It will do it all day long but theres not that much left. I clocked mine at a top speed (gps) of 105. Given enough time and open space I might have got a little more there was plenty of tach left just nothing in the way of power.
You will be able to do it, I did with my friend on our trip for lots of miles but I can't say that I enjoyed it.

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I had to double check to make sure I wasn't back on a Ninja 250 site. These are the type of questions and answers you see for the little Ninja. It can do 105 if you give it enough time on a flat road, but it will be working hard (I'm talking about the Ninja 250).

As for the Wee, it is a great bike and can get up to the posted speed limit fast enough without much effort. If you have to worry about keeping up with a group of sport bikes, then you are not riding your own ride. I guess this is why I enjoy going on solo rides, as I don't have to worry about the other guys (whether they are slower or faster than I am).
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JimR: you must have a larger front sprocket, like 17T. With a 16T front, showing 70, you're turning 4700. With the stock sprocket, 5,100.

From my experience, the bike has plenty of power for loaded highway speeds, plus, hills and all. The motor is very content to turn at 6,000 on the highway which yields a true 73 or so. The main difference between a Wee and a litre bike is the need to downshift. I never mind doing that. Puts a smile on my face. 5th gear will bring you right up to 95 mph in short order. :mrgreen:
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my commute is 70mph for 45 minutes... i have never had an issue with my 650. i feel it with the sidecases on a little, but really not bad.
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Sport bikes have half again the horse power, easy. Will the bike keep up, maybe, if you flog it.
If you want to run with the big dogs, get a big dog bike. If you want a really good all purpose bike, get a Wee. Know where they are going and meet them there. You won't be far behind and they will have the ticket collection, not you!
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Does the 650 struggle
a 650 is a 650 that is a 650. https://www.stromtrooper.com/1230825-post7.html
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