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post #11 of 32 Old 05-30-2016, 02:46 PM
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no im talking about an hour long one way trip maybe a couple times a month. nothing real extended but im just making sure that if i want to jump on the interstate for an hour to get where i want to go that i can without worrying that im going to hurt the bike.
Hahaha buzzing down the freeway for an hour at 80 isn't going to hurt the bike. The bike will love you for such an easy life.


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I commute 60 miles a day doing 70-80 in SoCal, and my R3 Handles it great! Ive gone up to 110mph on her and i think she can go a lil bit more, so 80mph is easy. I find that staying at 8000 rpm saves more gas, which is around 75mph. Anything past 9k rpm is like 40-50 mpg
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It's ok. I cruise at 75mph most of the time and it's comfortable. The inner bar end weights are loose and rattle so much that it will make the clips ons vibrate. I removed the stock bar end weight and the inner weight, then replaced with lever guard bar ends. That reduced the vibration.

60mpg on 87 octane is awesome too. Premium is a waste of money. Stick with 87 and enjoy the road.
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Premium is a waste of money. Stick with 87 and enjoy the road.


Yeah, it's 20-cents more per gallon.
A 4-gallon fill-up is 80-cents more.

Man, I better refinance my house so I can afford it!
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Yeah, it's 20-cents more per gallon.
A 4-gallon fill-up is 80-cents more.

Man, I better refinance my house so I can afford it!
It's almost 250 bucks a year extra for me, doing 15k miles. That's a few extra payments on the bike, or a new shiny piece of gear each year. If you only ride once a week to the mall and back, sure. But I'd rather spend that money on other things.
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I don't ride much on the highway but whenever I do I never enjoy it, the bike doesn't feel stable for me, too much shaking at 120km/h, this is my first bike and I'm happy I didn't buy it to commute on a daily basis on a highway.
I took a CBR650F on a test drive few days ago, totally different, stable and cuts through the wind with ease.
Go faster, IMO she feels nice and stable over 80mph
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Curious that people are complaining about vibration or shaking? Silky smooth in that 75-85mph range on my bike... not that it isn't smooth above that. I can't remember if it vibrated at all before lowering/etc .. but I don't think it did.

I would think the vast majority of people find their bikes to be pretty smooth at that mph...
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I have nothing to compare to since this is my first bike, but i was surprised at how smooth the bike felt at 80 after reading reviews and people on the forums complaining.

Ignorance is bliss. If the R3 has a vibration problem at speed, then I guess i'll be in for a treat when i inevitably upgrade.
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My R3 handles great at 80mph. I was surprised at just how great it does at higher speeds, for such a small light bike.
No steering damper, but it certainly doesn't need it. It's rock solid. If people have a vibration issue, I would check the tires.
Might just be a tire-balance issue.

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not to start a thread war lol but i think this subject has been beaten to death and the conclusion is there is really NO real advantage to running 91 over 87.

As to the actual ? I would say while the bike has no problem running to 80/85 it is not ideal if you ride on interstate everyday. Best bet is a 600 class if you spend most of your time between 75-85.

My concorn is not so much top end speed or cruising but the powerband. The R3 obviously takes much longer (and more rattling) to go from say 70 - 85 mph (for passing) than say a r6 etc.
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