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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-09-2018, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Low top speed

I have a 2008 1600 Vulcan Classic with 70,000 kms on the clock and it runs very well but now has a top speed of only 150kmh flat out. Does not use oil or blow smoke. Any suggestions on why it no longer has a higher top speed?
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uh worn rings therefore lower compression ?? maybe. I don't run as fast as I used to. Just what is the speed limit down under ?

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Thanks might be rings I suppose a compression test might give an indication. Our speed limit on most open roads is 110kmh (65mph) but on some of the long open roads you do get to open your bike up a bit. It is not too often I go above the 160kmh (100mph) but it is nice to know it is there.
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Air filter needs service maybe ??? I guess 70 k kms is only about 43 k miles I say you should get at least 80 k miles out of that engine


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Clutch slipping?? At high speed does the motor rev higher but the speed does not?
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Yea I'd agree, you should be able to get way more life out of that engine.

And I also agree - clutch slipping ??
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I'm following this thread with interest. I discovered last summer that my 2008 Nomad was topping out at 160KMH as well. Don't get me wrong, I seldom ride with the joy grip twisted all the way open. This summer I fully tuned the bike and tried the top end speed thing again only to find that she runs out of legs at, yup - you guessed it - 160KMH.

I am curious because I would have thought that a scoot with a 95 CID engine would easily achieve 200KMH. Again, please don't think that I am some kind of speed freak. I have noted that the bike really isn't as crisp as I think it should be in stock form. I am contemplating modding the intake and exhaust components yet I don't relish the thought of the expense in exchange for disappointing end results. My ride has just 19,000 miles on her (US bike imported to Canada).

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Thanks , I have checked it out and appears OK. Might try a new one altogether
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Thanks., the clutch seems to be ok at all speeds and gears. Have you experienced clutch slip at 150kmh? I am not sure what that would feel like?
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Hi Mike I agree that the top speed should be there. New, my bike managed to get to about 195kmh on the open road in the middle of Australia on a cross country ride. Currently is runs well, doesnt use any oil and there are no flat spots. New plugs did get rid of a top end missing problem I had at 130kmh.
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