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How fast is fast?

Postby made2care » Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:39 am



Now that I am wearing a helmet, I notice that I am more brave in terms of speed, sounds crazy but this is a psychological issue for me.
I am really getting used to the way this bike handles but still notice some slight bobbing in the front, not bad but thought that with as much engineering that flows in and out of this bike, she can do better. After a short ride I arrived at the house and noticed that the Anti-Dive settings were on "one", and could not figure out why I had it on that low setting. "That had to be it !!", I thought out loud and carefully changed the settings to "4". I took her back out and no more bobbing, actually the difference was quite noticeable and with more confidence, I proceeded to a higher speed. Remember, I don't ride bikes that much, since I spend more time working on them and now realize that the riding part kind of justifies your work, but also gives you respect for this type of engineering. So how fast did I go? Lets just say this bike is incredibly fast and you really don't feel the speed, just the need.
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:37 am

The speeds I can recall:

1984 Honda VF750F Interceptor: 145 mph (flat out)
1977 Kawasaki KZ1000: Chickened out at 125 mph, still accelerating hard
1989 Honda GSX-R750: Don't know, was too scared to take my eyes off the road for an instant to look down at the speedometer, but still accelerating when I chickened out. REALLY fast :)
2000 Yamaha CY50 Scooter: 30 mph (too scared to go any faster)
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby harvey01 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:53 pm

There are a number of "fast" bikes available today. The Suzuki Hayabusa is comfortable way above 150 and will get over 200. Kawasaki has an equally fast sport bike and their sport tourer the Concours will really haul butt.

There used to be a gentleman's agreement to limit performace to 185MPH but that has been disregarded. There are several bikes based rather closely on MOTOGP racers that are hitting the market with performance closer to 200+MPH.

I remember years ago that is was very important to me to do the "ton" but that is a thing of the past with just about anything with over 600cc going well beyond that number.
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:12 pm

74 Yamaha xs 400- 95mph
82 Honda CM400E- 87mph
81 Honda GL500i silverwing interstate- 96 mph
83 Honda GL1100A aspencade- 115mph, and that's fast enough.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby f1xrupr » Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:32 pm

I think I had my 1100 about 80 once-I think it will do what it's supposed to though-I kinda do the speed limit-33 years ago was a different story ...
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:50 pm

I ran from the Law once about 25 years ago. Was cruising @85 in a 55 MPH zone, and ran through radar... when I noticed the Trooper actually tried to catch me, I made up my mind he was going to have to work for the ticket. ... I believe I exceeded 155 mph that day... saw 145-147 on the speedometer and was still speeding up.. didn't get the ticket... won't ever do that again.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:44 pm

the only problem with going that fast is all it takes is one pebble, expansion joint, oil spot or miscalculation of a curve in the road and your gonna get hurt if you can't negotiate thru it, around it, or over it. they will be picking you up with either a shovel or a blotter. i know what its like to go down and kiss the pavement at 45mph, i don't even wanna think about what would happen at double or triple that speed.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby Overdog » Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:17 pm

My 83 Interstate easily hit 100 in fourth gear and was still pulling strong.....doubt I'll do that again. About 130 (estimated) when I redlined my Suzuki 850 back in my younger days. I wasn't able to do the ton on my old BMW R90....it had a Windjammer and it could only jam enough wind to do about 96.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:30 pm

speed isn't really my "thing" anymore, but its nice to know that these older wings will do it if its necessary for them to move when it has to pass another vehicle out on an interstate highway. i personally found that not too many guys on their bikes, (cruisers, touring, including some Harley riders) won't have the nerve to try to catch up to you when they see an older wing fly past them at 110 mph.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:32 pm

I've done 120 on several of my bikes and a lot more in a couple of cars.
I don't have my current Wing checked out enough to risk it yet (changing brake pads this weekend).

And as said before, anything in the road can become disastrous. Too many potholes around here right now.
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:35 pm

NVSB4 wrote:I've done 120 on several of my bikes and a lot more in a couple of cars.
I don't have my current Wing checked out enough to risk it yet (changing brake pads this weekend).

And as said before, anything in the road can become disastrous. Too many potholes around here right now.



i hear that about the potholes, hope the roads are decent where im headed next week.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby maintainer » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:11 pm

Can't remember them all but I've hardly ever owned anything car, truck, boat, or bike that hasn't seen top speed a few times.
A few I do remember:

My 82 wing who knows, she will pull well beyond the ridiculous 85 mph speedo in forth gear.(maybe 110-120)

GL1800 132 mph via GPS

Yamaha FJR a nudge over 155 mph

Yamaha FZ1 163 mph

Kawasaki ZX-14 hit the factory speed limiter at 187 mph, it wasn't stock and had plenty left to go.
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby robb » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:37 pm

Two years ago while traveling home from Maggie Valley bike rally we made an effort to outrun a lightning storm. Seen 121 on gps, held it's own with several 1800. The Tulsa tall shield was very stable doing it's job.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby Sam I am » Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:11 pm

my 1100ELRR 150 indicated,still climbing when I backed out. got it on video
'88 ninja zx10 (this is scary) luckenbach to blanko 12 minutes got that on go pro
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby oldbikes » Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:01 pm

Bought an old 750 Triumph years ago, saw a long straight stretch with out many intersections so I turned it loose, it easily went past the ton mark. After I slowed it down the brain kicked in here I am on an older machine with 20 year old bias tires someone should have slapped me for that one.
The wing I have is silky smooth at 80 I try to keep it at the speed limit but the speed just keeps creeping up and isn't noticed until I look at the speedometer. 100 in 4th and it isn't even breathing hard yet.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby Breakdancer » Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:58 pm

I believe it was in 1999 my friend had a newer 1000cc ninja, not sure of the model. He said take it for a spin. Well far be it from me to turn that offer down. I was not new to bikes but have never ridden a crotch rocket before. I believe I was somewhere in the 140's when I realized how fast the telephone poles were going by. Zing zing zing zing... I never put it in the top hole. I just let it slow down and gently rode her back to her owner. I said thank you very much and decided right there I would never own one if I wanted to keep my license. I do remember it was incredibly smooth, but very turbulent in my helmet. What a rush!!
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby Happytrails » Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:26 pm

Fastest on a goldwing 80mph headed back to work just not paying attn to how fast I was going. She was running smooth that day :D
Fastest so far on any bike 130mph and chickened out. The wind buffeting was amazing at that speed but when I got down to the speed limit it felt like I was crawling down the road. The only problem with going fast like that on the street is if you go down there is a very good chance you'll slide or roll into something solid and come to an abrupt stop in a lot of pain. I still do a lot of dumb things but I'm learning. I don't push it on the streets. Now maybe if I was on a track now that would be fun. Just not in the budget though.
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby Mh434 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:41 am

Fastest on a bike...150 mph (indicated), Kawasaki Concours.

Fastest ever, on the road...200 mph, driving a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia (about 2 months ago).

Fastest on a 'Wing...about 85 mph on my GL1500SE (still had more left, but a crotch-rocket she ain't, so I backed off!)

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby dingdong » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:42 am

made2care wrote:Now that I am wearing a helmet, I notice that I am more brave in terms of speed, sounds crazy but this is a psychological issue for me.
I am really getting used to the way this bike handles but still notice some slight bobbing in the front, not bad but thought that with as much engineering that flows in and out of this bike, she can do better. After a short ride I arrived at the house and noticed that the Anti-Dive settings were on "one", and could not figure out why I had it on that low setting. "That had to be it !!", I thought out loud and carefully changed the settings to "4". I took her back out and no more bobbing, actually the difference was quite noticeable and with more confidence, I proceeded to a higher speed. Remember, I don't ride bikes that much, since I spend more time working on them and now realize that the riding part kind of justifies your work, but also gives you respect for this type of engineering. So how fast did I go? Lets just say this bike is incredibly fast and you really don't feel the speed, just the need.
How fast have you gone on your wing?


Okay! Let's have it. How fast is fast for you?

Personally I don't feel the need for speed when on a motorcycle. I love the acceleration when running through the gears however. I do occasionally ride 80 to 85 when I need to get somewhere. Over that? Not necessary.
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:57 am

dingdong wrote:Okay! Let's have it. How fast is fast for you?

Personally I don't feel the need for speed when on a motorcycle. I love the acceleration when running through the gears however. I do occasionally ride 80 to 85 when I need to get somewhere. Over that? Not necessary.


I agree with this - I don't feel the need for excessive speed like I once used to. I no longer own mid-engined turbocharged sports cars or crotch rockets, nor do I really feel the desire for one. However I will definitely have fun accelerating my bike quickly to (mostly) legal speeds now and then. :)

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby made2care » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:37 am

dingdong wrote:
made2care wrote:Now that I am wearing a helmet, I notice that I am more brave in terms of speed, sounds crazy but this is a psychological issue for me.
I am really getting used to the way this bike handles but still notice some slight bobbing in the front, not bad but thought that with as much engineering that flows in and out of this bike, she can do better. After a short ride I arrived at the house and noticed that the Anti-Dive settings were on "one", and could not figure out why I had it on that low setting. "That had to be it !!", I thought out loud and carefully changed the settings to "4". I took her back out and no more bobbing, actually the difference was quite noticeable and with more confidence, I proceeded to a higher speed. Remember, I don't ride bikes that much, since I spend more time working on them and now realize that the riding part kind of justifies your work, but also gives you respect for this type of engineering. So how fast did I go? Lets just say this bike is incredibly fast and you really don't feel the speed, just the need.
How fast have you gone on your wing?


Okay! Let's have it. How fast is fast for you?

Personally I don't feel the need for speed when on a motorcycle. I love the acceleration when running through the gears however. I do occasionally ride 80 to 85 when I need to get somewhere. Over that? Not necessary.


To answer your question I did a big "No No". Took her out and was just getting ready to make a right turn onto the highway , which out here is very smooth. A pickup was inches from me at the stop, upon turning, this knucklehead screeched past me as fast as he could and he was pretty close as well. Have no idea what his problem was but I reacted by catching up and past him going 85. I was pissed!! and took off even more. Remember, this is the cardinal sin when it comes to riding, never ride while mad and I was mad. I kept going at high speed just to show off, the next thing I realize looking down at my speed, she was going 105, I couldn't believe how fast this bike could accelerate. Anyway, I obviously slowed down and turned off before Mr. Impatient could pass me again. So there you have it, 105 on this old girl.
Back in my college days, I probably went around 100 a few times on a yamaha but I really have never enjoyed that type of riding. Simply put, its pretty scary and wouldn't understand the speeds that some of you guys have reached.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby WINGER3 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:28 pm

I have to admit I like speed, just to old now for it. 1968 on the way to Vegas in my 1957 Jag. XK140MC, CHP clocked me @ 145mph, he loved the car so much he wanted a photo of him in it "NO TICKET". 1986 on my Honda VFR1000 9:30pm I 57 165mph with Porsche Turbo alongside for about 2 miles then let him go, my blood was boiling, I thought I would explode from the adrenalin rush. Now I go a lot slower, I did have my 1994 GL1500I back in 95 up around 120 as tight as it would go. I have checked myself on my current 85 1200 @ over 100 when passing, it could go much faster, might even keep up with a 1800 @ top end, but I don't think I'll try @ 74 years young. Ride safe everyone and enjoy the ride. :mrgreen:
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby made2care » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:47 am

WINGER3 wrote:I have to admit I like speed, just to old now for it. 1968 on the way to Vegas in my 1957 Jag. XK140MC, CHP clocked me @ 145mph, he loved the car so much he wanted a photo of him in it "NO TICKET". 1986 on my Honda VFR1000 9:30pm I 57 165mph with Porsche Turbo alongside for about 2 miles then let him go, my blood was boiling, I thought I would explode from the adrenalin rush. Now I go a lot slower, I did have my 1994 GL1500I back in 95 up around 120 as tight as it would go. I have checked myself on my current 85 1200 @ over 100 when passing, it could go much faster, might even keep up with a 1800 @ top end, but I don't think I'll try @ 74 years young. Ride safe everyone and enjoy the ride. :mrgreen:


Very sweet history lesson taking us back in time with these experiences. Interesting how we look back on those now with a different perspective. The 1200 is one fast machine, but I still need to ride the others to compare.

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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:55 am

Actually, to me this post is showing that there are quite a few folks out there that are a lot crazier than I am about going fast. :D
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Re: How fast is fast?

Postby robb » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:35 am

Back in 1974 bought a new Yamaha 650 . Lasted 2 weeks before motor let go. Engine was refitted with a 805 full race kit. Within 5 days it did 115.7 in 5th mile track and got me a ticket for 100+ in city. Outrun police but was later cited when they showed with fire department. Got home and hid bike behind barn where glowing headers caught grass on fire. Only 120 on speedo but it was pegged. Replaced bike with a Vmax loaded to 163 HP. It was Scarry fast, but shortly after had wreck while racing my dirt bike. Don't know how fast, but it could run the speedo and still enough left to lift front end with ease. After wreck it was more than my nerves could support. I don't like tickets, so for the most part stay within 10 mph of posted speed.




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