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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. ;)
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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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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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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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 ?



Thats where the 45 tooth rear sprocket is nice. I can do 118 km/hr but easily cruise at 110 km/hr for hours. Ok I'm also 165 lbs.
 

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118 km/hr? that's fast... uh, maybe.

HOW FAST DOES ONE PUSH THE T-DUB?
I try to avoid pushing it at all personally, but sometimes I leave the key in there and the battery dies. [Luckily it is so undesirable the keys can be left in there and no one will steal it.] Fortunately for me though Yamaha in their infinite wisdom decided a kicker was wasted space so occasionally I do get to push it. My estimate is I push it about ~4-6 mph. Just fast enough to start the damn thing and make me get out of breath at the same time.
 

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It may be a joke, but It's still solid advice, since riding off a cliff may put some scratches in the paint....
 

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I occasionally hit 60, but the sweet spot is definetly 50 with the stock gears for me. I am confident the motor can handle 60+ for a long while, my ears just tell me to stop. I am always amazed when the piston slap is louder than the full knobby front tire and the exhaust!
 

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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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I usually ride my BMW R90 and going from a weeks worth of commuting Im looking for that "Higher" gear all the time it seems,
While I will say the TW is the most fun to commute with,
The BMW is still the calm commuter,
 
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