Highway Speeds


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aholloway17
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Highway Speeds

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Okay, this may seem like a silly question but I have to ask. My GL1500i is so much fun to ride. It handles well through the tight twisting roads in the canyons , strong acceleration, and I just love it! I recently moved to Colorado 30 miles from Utah and riders out here like to run 85 to 95 mph. My bike is 25 years old, well maintained etc. I somehow just don't think running at that sustained speed is good at that age. When I'm on new bikes I'm not concerned. Thoughts?

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Re: Highway Speeds

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I wouldn't worry about it. At 95 MPH your tach would be reading about 4500 RPM, well below red line. Honda made these engines to be pretty much bullet proof, during design phase they would rev them up to self-destruction to see what would break. Redesigned what broke and rev 'em to destruction again. After many redesigns you have the finalized bullet proof engine that went into production.

Even my old 1100 never complains about high speed, even doing 85 MPH for hours on end down the Interstate in eastern CO and NE, in the dead of summer, 2 up and pulling fully loaded camper trailer! And it's a lot older than your 1500...
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Denverwinger is correct about the engine, just keep oil, coolant, and fluids topped off and it should last a couple hundred K. HOWEVER, ,let YOUR SAFETY be your guide, , if you're not comfortable at the high speeds, SLOW DOWN to your safe speed. OH YEAH, , your mileage will SUCK at those RPM's for any amount of time. You'll be lucky to get in the 20's at those speeds/RPM's.

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aholloway17 wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:56 am
Okay, this may seem like a silly question but I have to ask. My GL1500i is so much fun to ride. It handles well through the tight twisting roads in the canyons , strong acceleration, and I just love it! I recently moved to Colorado 30 miles from Utah and riders out here like to run 85 to 95 mph. My bike is 25 years old, well maintained etc. I somehow just don't think running at that sustained speed is good at that age. When I'm on new bikes I'm not concerned. Thoughts?

Thanks,
Here in South Texas, most highways and FMs (Farm to Market roads) are 75 mph because they are for the most part straight and flat with cotton, corn or bean fields along them.
Some days I’ll run 75 and some days I’m more comfortable at slower speeds. My 1500 doesn’t care what speed I run, it just keeps purring right along.
I can remember in 1974 when it became law the maximum speed limit of 55 mph. That lasted until 1987 when some highways went to 65 mph. It wasn’t until 1995 when speed limits were raised or none at all.
Dave
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at those speeds,

1: I worry about intruders from side roads, driveways

2: Tires.... are they have a recent DOT date, and is the tread good?

3: Focus, keep your eyes moving left/right/left/right up/down at panel.
if you sucker into just looking straight ahead, you get Tunnel Vision and go to sleep.
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Re: Highway Speeds

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AZgl1800 wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:23 pm
at those speeds,

1: I worry about intruders from side roads, driveways

2: Tires.... are they have a recent DOT date, and is the tread good?

3: Focus, keep your eyes moving left/right/left/right up/down at panel.
if you sucker into just looking straight ahead, you get Tunnel Vision and go to sleep.
We definitely have to watch for deer, hogs, the occasional small varmints and not to forget the tourists, texters and those that believe they “own the road”
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Re: Highway Speeds

Post by Wisemonkey »

Agree fully the bike will eat that kind of pace all day as it is well in its capability but it will suck the juice, unless the journey is a life and death run chill out particulary on the roads avaialble to you. I always find a good sweet spot and good for GL 1500 to cover a lot of miles in fairly quick time 75 - 80 MPH with the occasional blast passed slower moving vehicles, perhaps at a lower pace if the speed limit for dual or MW's locally is around the 60 MPH mark as the stress looking for Smokey is not worth it.

The bike riders who claim they do 110 - 120 mph cruising ( Not on a GL 1500) on big tours even if it is true will not be relaxed by the time they arrive at the other end so let them get on with it, sadly it is likely to end in tears

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DenverWinger wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:38 am
...... At 95 MPH your tach would be reading about 4500 RPM, well below red line.....
My Aspencade 1500 is turning close to 7K rpm @ 70 mph. What the heck are you running for gears/tire?

CORRECTION: I just suffered a senior moment- That's on my scooter!
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Re: Highway Speeds

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Naw, , ,I'm in the 3.5K at 70-75mph minimac. You must be pushin past redline if you're in the 7K area.

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minimac wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:14 am
My Aspencade 1500 is turning close to 7K rpm @ 70 mph. What the heck are you running for gears/tire?
Huh??? What gear are you in.. 2nd? At 7K rpm in 5th gear you would be going 150+ mph.

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I had what I call a senior moment. I confused my "wing with my scooter! Boy, do I feel dumb!!!! :oops:

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minimac wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:26 pm
I had what I call a senior moment. I confused my "wing with my scooter! Boy, do I feel dumb!!!! :oops:
:lol: :lol: Hah, it happens to all of us at times.

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I was thinking does he realize 1 down 4 up? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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The last thing I would be worried about running those speeds is the bike. I had an 83 1100 I ran those speeds all the time with no issue. I now have a GL1500 with just over 100K and it is just fine at those speeds. I even have an 89 GL1500 parts bike that still runs great, but looks like poo, it has over 175K and the PO ran it all over the place at high speeds due to the area we live in.
Biggest thing at those speeds is the rider, not the bike. Maintain the bike and it will be fine. The rider is the biggest risk as well as the environment. Like others have said, ride at the speed that is safe for the conditions and that you feel safe and comfortable at.
Something I have always struggled with is getting through my thick head that getting there 5 minutes earlier is not worth the risk to me, the bike or the others around me. I am working to slow down, enjoy riding slower and seeing more.
However I do understand that if the speed limit is 80 MPH, riding at 55 MPH could be more dangerous than doing 75-80 MPH. In those cases, it might be better to look for a different route if those speeds are a concern.
I am looking at doing another Iron Butt ride. I know that this will require me to ride on roads that have speed limits of 75+ through Idaho and Montana. I have no doubt my 1500 will be just fine at those speeds for the long hours I will need to ride it.

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Post by Viking »

I pretty much stick below 75, because that is where I am most comfortable, but when some dipstick is crowding my mule, this GL1800 can add another 25 to 50 onto that 75mph in a heck of a hurry. (mule = think of a more descriptive word for it that gets xxx'd in forums) I totally agree with all the views on what the machine can handle, and as well, what the rider can. I feel that a bit of slower adds a lot of longer to life. But what the hey... nobody is gonna live forever, :lol: :lol: :lol:


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