Welcome to the Yamaha Star Bolt Motorcycle Forum

Why join our motorcycle community?

  • Membership is free and easy
  • Get technical support and information for your Yamaha Star Bolt motorcycle or search for information before buying
  • Use the member map to find riders near you
  • Participate in our monthly virtual bike show (or at least vote)
  • Get rid of these annoying boxes asking you to register  ;D

More importantly, make new friends!!

Author Topic: Speed and distance  (Read 2191 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline evallade

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 95
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2019, 11:35:14 am »
cruising 90 for 50 miles

getting on it I hit 119 for about 5 miles.

Do you have any cowling or wind deflectors installed?
Everyone is capable of greatness. Your efforts determine how great.

Offline evallade

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 95
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2019, 11:36:58 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.
Do you experience any soreness?
Everyone is capable of greatness. Your efforts determine how great.

Offline evallade

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 95
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2019, 11:41:54 am »
I did Florida to California going 70-85mph most of the time. It does feel like you are pushing it, but it shouldn't damage anything if that's your worry.
It's definitely a different sound for me. I have the V & H intake with the Cobra slip on exhaust. I guess I have to get used to the sounds and vibrations at the 60+ speeds. Thanks
Everyone is capable of greatness. Your efforts determine how great.

  • Advertisement

Offline catastrophejustin

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 245
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2019, 11:42:29 am »
cruising 90 for 50 miles

getting on it I hit 119 for about 5 miles.

Do you have any cowling or wind deflectors installed?

no I don't.

Offline strummer

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 413
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2019, 03:07:38 pm »
I rode from Italy to Denmark (about 1400km or 900 miles) all day long at about 130 km/h or 80 mp/h...
No issues whatsoever
Peace & Anarchy

Offline evallade

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 95
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2019, 05:32:47 pm »
I rode from Italy to Denmark (about 1400km or 900 miles) all day long at about 130 km/h or 80 mp/h...
No issues whatsoever
That's a long ride. Did the ride become uncomfortable at anytime? If it did, how did you adjust?
Everyone is capable of greatness. Your efforts determine how great.

Offline strummer

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 413
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2019, 12:45:47 am »
I actually kept going for others 8 days all the way up to Nordkapp, Norway,  and back but because the roads were getting narrower I had to slow down a bit...
The only tricks I used were a cheap universal wind screen and a gel/foam cover for the aftermarket seat I have.
And some "training " in order to be fit for riding 12-13 hours each day
Peace & Anarchy

Offline Crilly Wizard

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 80
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2019, 05:24:46 am »
Not uncomfortable at all, but I used to do this journey every day on sports bikes, so the Bolt is an armchair by comparison.
I also tilted the bars down a bit so that I am leaning forward more into the wind, and use a flyscreen to keep the wind off my torso.

Offline Crilly Wizard

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 80
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2019, 05:28:20 am »
Also, make sure that the throttle bodies are exactly matched, as per the method described in this forum.
Any service will be only ball park by comparison, but vibrations are greatly reduced at speed when properly balanced.

Offline evallade

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 95
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2019, 11:10:56 am »
I actually kept going for others 8 days all the way up to Nordkapp, Norway,  and back but because the roads were getting narrower I had to slow down a bit...
The only tricks I used were a cheap universal wind screen and a gel/foam cover for the aftermarket seat I have.
And some "training " in order to be fit for riding 12-13 hours each day
Ok. Thanks
Everyone is capable of greatness. Your efforts determine how great.

Offline evallade

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 95
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2019, 11:12:17 am »
Not uncomfortable at all, but I used to do this journey every day on sports bikes, so the Bolt is an armchair by comparison.
I also tilted the bars down a bit so that I am leaning forward more into the wind, and use a flyscreen to keep the wind off my torso.
An armchair. LOL. Thanks for the heads up.
Everyone is capable of greatness. Your efforts determine how great.

Offline tramp

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 807
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2019, 06:48:18 am »
did 105 with the wife on the back
didn't tell her till later on
wanted to live
drive it like you stole it

Offline evallade

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 95
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2019, 11:37:49 am »
did 105 with the wife on the back
didn't tell her till later on
wanted to live
It's a good thing you told her after the ride. Hope she's willing to get back on with you again. LMBO
Everyone is capable of greatness. Your efforts determine how great.

Offline tramp

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 807
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2019, 05:30:42 pm »
i told her she could tell her friends that she did over 100
she was cool with that
drive it like you stole it

Offline Discotech

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 40
Re: Speed and distance
« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2019, 02:25:40 am »
I just finished a 1500-ish mile trip from Texas to Ohio, and most of that ride was spent well above 70 mph for extended periods of time (fill up to fill up).  Most of the Texas and Oklahoma back roads I traveled on had 70-75 mph speed limits, so plenty of extended, fast riding.  Other than the wind buffeting it was fine.

Mike