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My beautiful 2016 matte gray R3 will be here end of next week. I'm already set on getting it but can anyone personally attest to being able to run 80-85 on the interstate without a problem? i have already seen millions of videos on how they do at highway speeds (65-70) but has anyone taken any extended trips on the road at 80+ mph?
 

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It'll be fine. Just wear ear plugs and tuck in so you don't lose your hearing.

Standard rural autoroute speed for me is 130km/h (81mph)
Suburban autoroute speed is 120km/h (74mph)
I have ridden secteurs of autoroutes where I do not impose a limit. Brought the bike up to and held 150km/h (93mph) @ 9.750 u/min.

In all cases, plenty of reserve even in 6th. Just consider always your surroundings and look ahead so you don't get yourself into awkward situations with other trucks and vehicles.
 

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I bought my R3 new from a dealer in another state. I rode it home from the dealer. 3-hour ride.
I kept it between 65 and 75mph the whole way. It did fine.
Just understand, this bike is pretty much tapped-out at freeway speeds.
It will do 100mph, but it's at the top of the RPM range.

If I was buying a bike to specifically run on the freeway everyday.... it wouldn't be an R3.
 

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I currently have 4,000 miles on my R3, I'd say at least 2,000 of those on freeways in Southern California. It does just fine doing consistent 65-85 mph at the flow of traffic and it will do faster if need be, but you'll be wringing it out. Do yourself a favor and wear earplugs and if you're taller, you're going to want a aftermarket windscreen. It's not ideal for everyday freeway riding, but the R3 will do it's job. :) I also did ~ 2 hour trip to and 2 hours back from San Diego to LA and staying at 80+, the bike can handle it, it's more of the rider who can not. I just had a sore wrist.
 

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i have already seen millions of videos on how they do at highway speeds (65-70) but has anyone taken any extended trips on the road at 80+ mph?
Worlds better than a carb 250cc. Not as authoritative as 650cc twin. My R3 seems topped out at top of 5th around 103-104 mph, shifting to 6th got me no extra speed (but I didn't tuck and there was a stiff head wind too, possibly a slight incline). 65-85 is fine, but as previous poster said, maybe not the best bike for long extended trips, depends on what you mean by that, and your iron butt rating. I've not gone more than 250-300 miles in a single day.
 

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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.
 

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I commuted in San Diego traffic with it while I owned it and it does 85 fine. That's normal crusing speed regardless of what bike I am on. The bike will still be able to accelerate past 85. I am not sure why people say it is tapped it at highway/freeway speeds when there are plenty of videos not to mention forum posts of their bike doing over 100, cruising over 85 with more to go, etc. Twist your wrist more and the bike will go past 85. It isn't tapped out at 85. That said, if you have ever owned something bigger, then just understand that it won't accelerate like a rocket past 85ish. It's not like a super sport which at that speed is just about hitting its powerband and really starting to feel like a rocket.
 

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I commute 35 miles each way on toll roads at 75-85 every day. It's stable, I can pass easily enough, and the bike doesn't feel too strung out. It does start to struggle above 90 though, but I didn't buy this bike to race around in the triple digits.
 

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Got 10k on mine, most of it southern california freeway riding as it is my daily commuter and main form of transportation in general. 75mph to 85mph is about the "normal" for a San Diego freeway... seems to do it without complaining. Will easily do 100+ with just me on the bike on the way to work and back. Put someone else on the back and ehhh... it'll get there.. just takes a bit.

If you're just commuting.. it is fantastic. If you wanna be doing 80mph and accelerate to 120 at the drop of a hat? Forget it...get a 600 or bigger..
 

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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.
 

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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.

:laugh:
 

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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.
:laugh:

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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