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    Safe cruising speed for motor?

    What is the highest cruising speed on the highway a guy should go on his TW before it is too hard on the motor? Stock sprockets and all-around stock bike.

    Second, has anybody done the entire Washington back country discovery route on a TW 200 and if so was it awesome or too much for the little T dub?

    Thanks for your help in advance guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree.bobby View Post
    What is the highest cruising speed on the highway a guy should go on his TW before it is too hard on the motor? Stock sprockets and all-around stock bike.

    Second, has anybody done the entire Washington back country discovery route on a TW 200 and if so was it awesome or too much for the little T dub?

    Thanks for your help in advance guys

    MaxCruiseSpeedWithAStockBikeIsAbout55MPH.60IsSortO fDoable,[email protected],I'd SuggestChangingTo14/45Or14/44Gearing.
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    I can cruise all day at 55 mph with a 13/50 setup. The stock TW will cruise all day at 60 mph....(in flat country). Although these speeds, which equate to about 8,000 RPM (1,500 below redline), will not hurt the engine in the short term, they will accelerate wear to some degree, as well as oil consumption. For short highway stints, anything up to redline is not a problem.....the problem is that you aren't likely to get to redline unless down a hill! (Redline on a stock TW is about 75 mph on the speedo). If you are going to do this kind of riding most of the time, changing to a 14/45 makes sense at lower altitudes....for me at 6,000 feet, it wouldn't work at all, which is why I have a 13/50.

    Although I am not familiar with the Washington BCDR, I have looked carefully at Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Colorado. There was nothing in any of those that would have given me pause, as long as I was not trying to keep up with guys on KTM 650's! (something I would NEVER do under any circumstances!
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    Some previous threads on the RPM/Speed subject:

    https://tw200forum.com/forum/general-...ay-speeds.html
    Re: High revs - Yamaha TW200 Trailway Discussion Forum
    https://tw200forum.com/forum/general-...y-your-tw.html

    As far as the WABDR, there's nothing I've seen to show that the TW would have any trouble. It may take longer on a TW. I've never done it, but I'd like to do it this year.
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    I did some sections of the WABDR on a CT110, the only challenge was not getting run over on paved roads like hwy 2. The TW would be more than up to the task for putting along. We came across some fast riders on KTMs, I'm not interested in that kind of riding.
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    I ride 30 miles a day, 15 each way to go to work. I leave at 6,500 ft and I can go 60/65mph with no problem, I don't feel I'm going to kill my little TW. Now I'm using a 14/47 and it seams better to me than the stock 14/50. I have to say though that I'm 140lb so being on the light side helps!!
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    I don't have a tachometer so I can't tell Rpm's, but for me anything above 45mph feels a little high in the revs for an extended period of time. I know it's a little piston, but there are still a lot of moving parts (valves etc) in the top end. I'm just the type of person that doesn't like to rev 4 strokes. So if it were me I'd change the sprockets to the rpms at higher speeds.

    Also if you think of it from the point of view that running your motor at 8000 rpm's down the highway for an hour vs 4000 rpm's, you've turned your motor over twice as many times and that's twice the possible wear and tear on everything.
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    I'm running 14/45 gears and like to cruise along at 45. Max about 55. After that it just seems like the rpm are too high. I have had it to 70 and it was wrung out and screaming. My speedo is red after 55 mph. Maybe wide open banshee screaming causes the famous base gasket leak?
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    55-65 all the time. For safeties sake though don't hold up traffic. Follow a slow car if on the freeway. They do guzzle a whole lot more gas at full throttle though.
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    I SOOOO disagree with the consensus on the forum....I think with stock gearing, 45 MPH is the upper safe/comfortable limit for extended running. I have no idea what RPM that actually is. I base this solely on my mechanical/riding experience. There is no basis in science here....At above 45Mph the engine is noisey, vibrates and buzzes alot. It just feels like I am ringing it's neck! The real sweet spot is at about 35 to 40 MPH IMO. My normal cruise speed is 35MPH and the bike just feels "happy" at that speed.

    People talk about oil consumption and leaking base gaskets....These seem to be the same people who advocate extended high speed running.

    This is just my opinion and most people here seem to disagree with me on this and that is OK....It would be pretty boring around here if we all agreed on everything all the time!

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