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+1 for acceleration > top speed. I think it's funny when people are shocked that I'm able to take off from s stoplight so fast "but...but...but... it isn't a VV!"

To the poster wondering why a 800 and a 500 top out in the same ballpark, there are a lot of variables besides dry weight and stock power. Rider weight, wind (head, cross, tail), road conditions/temp, gearing, any drivetrain modifications, etc. So really, it's entirely possible that both bikes top out at the same speed. How quick they get there and how they preform on the way is going to be the difference. :D
 

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Ah the joys of being an old phart!
There is no possibility that I will ever find out how fast my 900 will go. In fact, my "other" bike is a Viagra 250 and it's darn unlikely that I'll ever find out how fast that one will go. :D
Long many years ago I had my Norton 750 well up into triple digits when a large bug hit my face. Durn near put me in the ditch, but didn't teach me a thing. Birthdays did, though, lots of birthdays will slow most men right down! :p
 

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its usually not the speed that you are doing that kills you, its the abrupt stop.
 

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135mph was top speed for me on my new 73 yamaha 750twin. yeah had one of those. 3month m/c b4 it self destructs.
but, chasing my brother n buddy on thier cb750's.. I-69 south of Indy. 135 is/was just way 2 skarey fast. man the pavement was flying by at ridiculous clip. ever so gently, roll off the throttle and ease her back under the triples.. having been there once, have no desire to ever be that stoopid again.
60-70 suits me just fine. I could ride all day on my canyon carver 30-50s and never be bored.
Hey Ponch -
I agree with your chosen speed above, but I'm just curious why you choose a V2K to do it on. That's a helluva lotta motorcycle for easy cruisin!
 

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300 MPH??? None of the roads where I live could sustain that speed, wayyyy too many curves n other obstakles (Ponch speak). Bwah hah hah
 

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Did 255 k on my Busa a couple years back with still about 4000 rpm left.Shut her down when I started thinkin,"what ifs".Been there,done it,survived it.
 

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Had my 500 up to 90 a couple of times and 95 the other day with room to spare. Usually I just enjoy the fast acceleration and then back off as others have said. Sometimes I just get the itch to wind it out. Later I start thinking about what if something goes wrong with the chain, etc. Generally I only run about 10 mph over the speed limit, but I may get there in a hurry.
 

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Had my 500 up to 90 a couple of times and 95 the other day with room to spare. Usually I just enjoy the fast acceleration and then back off as others have said. Sometimes I just get the itch to wind it out. Later I start thinking about what if something goes wrong with the chain, etc. Generally I only run about 10 mph over the speed limit, but I may get there in a hurry.
Same here. Got it up to 95 when checking out the new 17t front sprocket. I like 60 mph the best.



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I hear ya!

Ah the joys of being an old phart!
There is no possibility that I will ever find out how fast my 900 will go. In fact, my "other" bike is a Viagra 250 and it's darn unlikely that I'll ever find out how fast that one will go. :D
Long many years ago I had my Norton 750 well up into triple digits when a large bug hit my face. Durn near put me in the ditch, but didn't teach me a thing. Birthdays did, though, lots of birthdays will slow most men right down! :p
Amen on that on my fellow Veteran. Had the same thing happen years ago on a 750 and was hit in the chest with a big June bug.
 

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Birthdays did, though, lots of birthdays will slow most men right down!
You have to die from something... going fast into eternity is always tempting but then imagining my wife with all that ins. $$ bring me to reality. Besides, she'll probably put me in grave faster than my bike. :D
 

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Did 255 k on my Busa a couple years back with still about 4000 rpm left.Shut her down when I started thinkin,"what ifs".Been there,done it,survived it.
Was just in that neck of the woods about 3 hours ago. Frankly, 90-100 mph on the crotch rocket feels like just loafing along. That speed on the VN2K is way more "busy" for lack of better terms.
 

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Speed is not a good substitution for direction, so to me, it is utterly more important where I go than how fast I go where I am. However, I want to go at least so fast that I don't capsize her, but not so fast that the bugs penetrate my skin.
 

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For me, in this context, speed is not a substitution for anything; it is the thing.

As a side note, at least tucked behind the fairings of my crotch rocket, bugs and such tend go around.
 

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For me, in this context, speed is not a substitution for anything; it is the thing.

As a side note, at least tucked behind the fairings of my crotch rocket, bugs and such tend go around.
I tend to agree, if I had a crotch rocket. That's why I bought a cruiser (or now actually two) and not a crotch rocket. I know I would have tested it to its limit, and I am too old for that speed. 🐢🐢🐢
 
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