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    How fast does one push the T-Dub?

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    General questions here. I weight 250 lbs. (I won't say how many kg because it's depressing enough in pounds). Well, on my T-dub, the speedometer is colored red past 55 mph. It has stock sprockets. So, does that mean that if I hold 60 mph at high rpm for 5-10 road miles, the bike is being abused or pushed beyond its normal limits? It would not be prudent to beat the little machine to death, because I really like it and keep it looking like new. I usually ride at 48 mph because it is comfortable sounding at that speed. Thoughts ?
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    You can ride it as fast as it will go. The redline at 55mph isn't really redline, it was the 80's and the national speed limit was 55, so speedometers looked like that. No worries.
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    Hi guys...

    General questions here. I weight 250 lbs. (I won't say how many kg because it's depressing enough in pounds). Well, on my T-dub, the speedometer is colored red past 55 mph. It has stock sprockets. So, does that mean that if I hold 60 mph at high rpm for 5-10 road miles, the bike is being abused or pushed beyond its normal limits? It would not be prudent to beat the little machine to death, because I really like it and keep it looking like new. I usually ride at 48 mph because it is comfortable sounding at that speed. Thoughts ?
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    And from what everyone has said on here, unless you're in a vacuum the wind resistance will prevent you and the TW from getting close to redline.
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    Thanks guys! I was worried about over revving or over heating the engine and causing premature wear. I'm still not going to beat the T-Dub to death, but I feel better about doing 60 mph now. I'm used to my BMW boxer engine which is lower rpm and more tractor like. Hearing a motor wind up to the high rpm's that the T-Dub does makes me worry. The German WWII DKW NZ-350-1 only has 11.6 HP, but rides at 55 mph without sounding like it will throw the piston.. and it's 73 years old. The T-Dub seems to scream a bit louder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phelonius View Post
    Do not ride faster than the engine will go.
    Unless I ride off a cliff, how would that be possible ?
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    Phelonius is famous for his funny one liners. He was joking with you.
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    Unless I ride off a cliff, how would that be possible ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    Phelonius is famous for his funny one liners. He was joking with you.
    Oh... um.. *AHEM*: Hah hah.
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    Even when ole TDub will go faster, it feels iffy to me to do so -- like I don't have the needed control. What I don't understand is why they never had a tachometer like the XT350 does.
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    I still, when over 50mph, keep trying to shift into a higher gear just by instinct. My ears hear that poor little engine just screaming it's heart out and my body tries to shift into imaginary 6th gear.
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