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Old 04-28-2010, 01:25 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the responses guys.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:30 PM   #17
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That would be normal for the TKC80. It's one of the things that really bothered me about the TKs. If you are riding mostly pavement, the Battlewings that came with the bikes are good at any speed. I have now just made the comprimise with Heidenaus. No more front end wobble.
And normal for the Mitas E09 Dakars as well....I know after 130kph-ish the front end gets light and squirrelly. I suspect it will happen will most knobbie tires.

As for top speed 200Kph no problem with stock tires ( Anakees)... but not on knobbies....that's would be scary without a steering stabalizer...

YMMV, but shifting at redline or red light flashing at you on my F8!

1st gear - 90Kph at Redline
2nd gear -120Kph at Redline
3rd gear - 140Kph at Redline
4th gear - ???
5th gear - ???
6th gear - ???

??? means haven't done it yet with the knobbies on. To squirrelly to try!
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:02 PM   #18
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Yeah I like the 990's also, but there is something about the F800 that make me like it more. The fact that a BMW dealer is so close to me make it more attractive.
Yeah, I do really like the look of the F800, but I've heard some worrying things about the suspension. I don't know if it's still the same, but I read somewhere that the fork isn't adjustable, and comes set with the compression to harsh. I'm gonna have to go back in there and check it out sometime, and maybe talk to one of the Beemer guys instead of the Harley guys.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:33 PM   #19
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Regular blasts...

... of 90-95mph on So Cal freeways. "Just keepin' up with the coffins!"

It should be noted that quick downshifts from 6th gear to 5th at speed, followed by an assertive twist of the right wrist, produces ear-to-ear grins and sweet passing mobility.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:39 PM   #20
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Top speed I've seen posted in reviews is 125 MPH. Mine came with Anakees, I've had it up to 109 MPH while passing a string of cars. No stability issues at all, and she had plenty more speed left. Cruising at 80-85 isn't an issue either, that's my normal range.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:54 PM   #21
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As a result of this thread I went to 180Km/hr indicated this morning ... Heidenau K60's ... plenty of acceleration from indicated 160km/hr, still accelerating at 180, but I ran out of road.

Normally I don't like high speeds, car or bike I get nervous about the 170km/hr mark, but this morning the bike was stable and felt good, if there was a bit more road I would have pressed on. I was quite comfortable, in fact you could have probably cruised at 180. I don't like the front Heidenau K60 off road, but it seemed fine at the indicated 180, no wobbles or anything disturbing.

I remember that "Bike" magazine in the UK tested the 800 and found its top speed was 127 MPH ... 204 Km/Hr, which is no more than 5 MPH ... 8 Km/Hr down on any of the other big adventure bikes ... until the Ducati Multistrada makes it appearance~
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:10 AM   #22
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Theoretical Speeds at Redline - 8500 rpms

Resulting Speed
Gearkm/hmph
18251
211572
314691
4172107
5193120
6210130
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:37 AM   #23
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Theoretical Speeds at Redline - 8500 rpms

Resulting Speed
Gearkm/hmph
18251
211572
314691
4172107
5193120
6210130
I knew it was coming!

OK so I pushed it into Redline a little...It doesn't blow up at 9000!
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:12 AM   #24
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Redline

Yup. On most modern engines redline is set to tell you that you are wasting time, the power curve has peaked and you might as well shift. Not going to grenade 500 rpm over the line.



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I knew it was coming!

OK so I pushed it into Redline a little...It doesn't blow up at 9000!
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:41 AM   #25
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I knew it was coming!

OK so I pushed it into Redline a little...It doesn't blow up at 9000!
Not a comment on your post, just info.

Theory does not take into account actuals against spec such as rim and tire measured size, tach accuracy, speedo accuracy, accuracy of the specs on the gears and sprockets etc etc etc.

Plus sitting my lazy ass at a desk pulling numbers from a spreadsheet is substantially easier than trying to do the same thing at 90 mph on semi knobbies.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:25 PM   #26
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These numbers make sense. When I test rode this bike the first time, I did hit the redline on 4th, at an indicated 110mph. And it got there fast and easy. Of course, a KTM friend of mine scoffed at these numbers and said he hit this 110mph on third gear. And he has a document to prove it: his speeding ticket. Ha!
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Theoretical Speeds at Redline - 8500 rpms

Resulting Speed
Gearkm/hmph
18251
211572
314691
4172107
5193120
6210130
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:49 PM   #27
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Sorry to highjack, but semi-related. Once I get to around 80-90 I often get a high speed wobble in the front end. Not a fast vibration, but a wobble. Is this normal for these bikes, or do you think it could be something like my tire? I'm running a TKC80 by the way...

For this reason I have not been comfortable topping it out or I would be able to chime in on the OP's question.
I get the same high speed wobble running TKC80's. Especially when behind a semi truck or other large vehicle.

When I had the stock Battlewings on I could easily push 100mph with confidence. With knobbies like the TKC80's, not so much.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:53 PM   #28
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They did a comparison between F800GS, Kwak Verys and KTM DUKE 690.
They satellite tracked the bike up to 127.3Mph. Did really well against the other bikes to.
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:04 PM   #29
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126 MPH By gps. Newish TKC's on the back, worn out Anakee on the front.

No wobble, weave, or any other stability issues.

Stock suspension set to standard presets

I'm 6' 170 lbs.

Standard windshield, no bags on bike.

The only purpose the uncomfortable position of a race bike serves is to keep your chest from becoming a lift inducing sail, and keep more weight over the front.

Good sport riders will tuck even more when going fast to maxamize these effects.

Had I sat up, the bike likely would have gotten light and skitsy in the front, but no issues deeply tucked.

Hopefully no one needs to be reminded that it takes a quarter of a mile to react and stop from this speed :)
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:50 PM   #30
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I should really demo one and find out for myself, but will ask anyway.

What is the top speed with the factory tires on pavement?

Does this bike cruise well at 80-85 mph for long streches on the highway?

Thanks in advance.
Manual says 125 mph, but I'm to fat for that. I can get to 110 ish when necessary, but the front tire is narrow for off road. No shakes or problems...I just prefer to keep it under 90 ish during passsing. I had quite a few bikes and I love this one, but it doesn't feel as well planted at high speed as a true street bike. It will do what you need!
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