Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Saskatoon, Canada
I have stock gearing and can't imagine why anybody would want to change it around much. The bike has such great torque you don't need to fool with it, and on the highway there is more way top end than you'll ever need off of a race track. Fastest I've gone is an indicated 200 km (120mph) while passing a long line of trucks, cars and RVs. A friend who rode it while I was riding his bike claims he saw the speedo hit 240 km (144 mph) and that there was still a ways to go before redline. If that's true, I've got to think the speedomoter is a fair bit less accurate at those really high speeds, or just how fast will thing really go?
When I cruise at an indicated 130 kph (almost 80 mph) in sixth gear, I'm at 4500 rpm, which is a pretty relaxed engine speed. This is a nice cruising speed. I find at 5000 rpm I get a bit of buzzing through the footpegs.
Doing the conversions from metric, and to U.S. rather than Imperial gallons, I get about 50 mpg on the highway most of the time.