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Offline evallade

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Speed and distance
« on: June 06, 2019, 11:42:48 am »
What's the fastest speed you've traveled on your Bolt and for how long or how far? I've been up to 72 MPH for about 15 minutes.


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Offline bedheadjulian

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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 01:22:46 pm »
LOL... well, first of all maybe you should try to use the search function, it's quite handy:

https://www.yamahastarbolt.com/general-yamaha-star-bolt-discussion/trying-for-the-top-speed/
 
and secondly the Bolt will easily break "The Ton"  aka 100/mph... some lads (with mods) have even done 120/mph.
So don't give up... find a nice straight road on a windless day and just open her up ;)

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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 03:21:15 pm »
Thanks. I saw those post, but since they were a couple years old, I figured I'd try it again. Because I wanted to get an idea of what speed riders  were cruising at on long trips.
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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2019, 03:59:09 pm »
When i ride from my house to work 17 miles interstate, or from my house to my beach house about 80 miles mostly interstate, I usually cruise between 75-85 mph. 

My top speed for longest duration was 102 on Rt 301 in maryland coming back towards delaware for about 2 miles. 
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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2019, 11:58:34 am »
My bolt maxes out at 180 km/hr on a good day (approx 110 mph). I max it out frequently but not for long durations, I would like to keep my license. I would say the longest drive at a sustained speed would have been about an hour and a half at about 130 km/hr (approx 80 mph),
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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2019, 03:14:25 pm »
When i ride from my house to work 17 miles interstate, or from my house to my beach house about 80 miles mostly interstate, I usually cruise between 75-85 mph. 

My top speed for longest duration was 102 on Rt 301 in maryland coming back towards delaware for about 2 miles.

102? How was the handling? Did you notice anything different about the bike at that speed?
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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2019, 03:17:12 pm »
My bolt maxes out at 180 km/hr on a good day (approx 110 mph). I max it out frequently but not for long durations, I would like to keep my license. I would say the longest drive at a sustained speed would have been about an hour and a half at about 130 km/hr (approx 80 mph),
Was this during the summertime? Did you feel any wobble?
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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2019, 05:51:39 pm »
When i ride from my house to work 17 miles interstate, or from my house to my beach house about 80 miles mostly interstate, I usually cruise between 75-85 mph. 

My top speed for longest duration was 102 on Rt 301 in maryland coming back towards delaware for about 2 miles.

102? How was the handling? Did you notice anything different about the bike at that speed?

Handled fine.  i have avon cobras front and rear (180), all balls steering bearings, plus a lot of experience riding fast like a total asshole.   
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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2019, 08:17:49 am »
My bolt maxes out at 180 km/hr on a good day (approx 110 mph). I max it out frequently but not for long durations, I would like to keep my license. I would say the longest drive at a sustained speed would have been about an hour and a half at about 130 km/hr (approx 80 mph),
Was this during the summertime? Did you feel any wobble?

This was about 3 or 4 weeks ago, no wobble as long as I keep one hand on the bar.
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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2019, 08:09:02 pm »
I did Florida to California going 70-85mph with maybe 80lbs of gear most of the time. It does feel like you are pushing it, but it shouldn't damage anything if that's your worry.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2019, 07:25:15 pm by Alejandro »

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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2019, 09:54:36 pm »
I've had an indicated 119 mph on the stock speedo, and held that for as long as 30 sec. Maybe a bit longer.
I'd almost make a case for the C spec handlebar setup and R spec seats being the best for top speed.
SCR bar would be the worst. I managed 107 for a few sec with SCR bar and R spec seat. Felt like a sail during hurricane Katrina.

The narrower profile of the C spec bars, the lower seat of the R spec and may be the rear set SCR/C spec pegs would be the ticket for those extra few clicks.
I have a lot lighter aftermarket can, my stock exhaust and bracket are long since trash, and possibly c spec bars also are lighter than R or SCR bars.
I also barely break 175 with riding gear. Anyway wind drag is more important than weight at those triple digit speeds.
Bike is stock for intake and ECU though. Not Ivan'ed or other fueling mods. That could be a good mod for more top speed ?

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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2019, 01:45:40 am »
I have a lot lighter aftermarket can, my stock exhaust and bracket are long since trash, and possibly c spec bars also are lighter than R or SCR bars.
I also barely break 175 with riding gear. Anyway wind drag is more important than weight at those triple digit speeds.
Weight has virtually no impact on top speed. A 50 lb. weight reduction will only get you about another 0.2 mph.
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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2019, 04:26:19 am »
I cruise at 90 for over half an hour twice each day. Sure footed with little vibration.
There doesn't seem to be much loss in fuel economy compared to cruising at lower speeds either, which is surprising.

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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2019, 08:23:51 am »
cruising 90 for 50 miles

getting on it I hit 119 for about 5 miles.

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Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2019, 11:34:00 am »
When i ride from my house to work 17 miles interstate, or from my house to my beach house about 80 miles mostly interstate, I usually cruise between 75-85 mph. 

My top speed for longest duration was 102 on Rt 301 in maryland coming back towards delaware for about 2 miles.

102? How was the handling? Did you notice anything different about the bike at that speed?

Handled fine.  i have avon cobras front and rear (180), all balls steering bearings, plus a lot of experience riding fast like a total asshole.
Thanks. I plan to go with the Avons when it's time to replace my tires
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