if you want the truth 173 km is not THAT fast, for a motorbike that is. My boss is a Ducatisti and he was telling me he regularly gets up into the 200's when the road opens up...Is it possible that picture was taken on a prototype that might not have a rev limiter or top speed limiter installed yet? Or do they want the bike to go that fast so that people can take it to the track?
agree, which is what bothers me about those folks who have been complaining since day one that R25 doesnt have this and R3 needs t have that (XBHP comes to mind ) Especially the suspension has been a real point of contention. For a bike that "supposedly" has trash for a frame and trash for a suspension it looks surprisingly stable, for trash that is >Impressive for a 250cc bike most bike shakes and are unstable around that speed.
I actually found a smartphone GPS to be great for finding out your speed, surprised how accurate it can be, plus something everyone has.And... just to push the point, you could never trust the bike's speedometer! (always optimistic, 5-7%) A radar gun or GPS is a must if you really want accuracy!!
That's about right for the ninja 300. I don't see why anyone needs to ride above red line unless your in a drag strip or track (even then people dont redline at track.)I'm confident the rev limiter will be above redline like every other bike I've owned. They do it to protect the engine, not to limit speed or for safety concerns. You would likely only reach it going down hill at maybe 118 mph. A small displacement bike like this will be hard to reach red line in 6th gear due to wind resistance. I'm going to say 110 mph actual for the top speed....just a guess. The Ninja 300 top speed is 106 by most accounts. I could never get mine to that speed though....it takes a lot of nerve and a long straight road. Above 90 mph, acceleration was very slow. 95 was as fast as I've been on a Ninja 300. The bike was starting to feel less planted at that speed too. Confession: I have never reached the rev limiter on any bike. I just don't like to ride above red line for fear of damaging the engine.
I will NOT be thinking about top speed at all when I look at this bike.
I DO want to know that it feels comfortable at motorway/highway speeds - say 70 - 80 MPH..
That will do for me.
How it performs in the mid-range, around the local bends, up the local hills, and general acceleration thrills is key for my purchase.