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A few weeks ago I opened up my 750 to see what Natalie could do. I must say I was impressed with the 107 that was showing on the speedometer before I had to back off due to a few tractor trailers up ahead of me.
Today I was cruising and had a looong straight stretch of I75 in front of me sooo,.....What the h3ll, "let's do it Natalie".
I open her up and buried the speedometer hand at 110. I must say that even at that speed she was solid as a rock. I backed off and went back to a normal cruising speed (for me around 70), then I shifted to 6th gear ! I had forgotten to shift I was so caught up in the adrenaline rush. I think I will leave it at that for now, maybe after my 1K tune up I'll try it again.
 

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Go pops! That is why them horses are there. Took my vrod to 125 mph. Loved it. Can I ask what you weigh?
 

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Buck naked and on the double beam scales I have...176.

Poke out my minds eye. Really was buck naked important to add in. You ride clothed I hope. So that weight would have been just fine.

Thanks. I like the power the XG750 as well it flies.
 
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I've found that the faster I'm riding the less I'm enjoying the journey....... nothing is more boring to me than a long straight highway and I prefer the twisted roads whenever I can find them. I intentionally seek them out. My favorite road typically have a speed limit of 50 mph or less and the turns are tight enough so that breaking the speed limit is really a silly thing to do.


Not to say I've not gone over 100 mph on a motorcycle but the last time I did it was in the early 1970's. It was really quite boring to go that fast.
 

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It was really quite boring to go that fast.
Fast is boring?
I have never felt more alive than when I am on the edge, pushing the envelope of disaster. Riding a motorcycle fast, diving from extreme heights, hunting wild game with a bow and arrow, riding a bob sled down the Olympic run at Calgary Olympic Park.
I like those beautiful scenic rides too and living in Tennessee we have plenty, But FAST IS NOT BORING.
Speed is one of the most exciting things on earth, that's why there is Nascar and Indy,etc. and everything that moves is raced sooner or later.
Fast is Boring? Hilarious.
 

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Fast is boring?
I have never felt more alive than when I am on the edge, pushing the envelope of disaster. Riding a motorcycle fast, diving from extreme heights, hunting wild game with a bow and arrow, riding a bob sled down the Olympic run at Calgary Olympic Park.
I like those beautiful scenic rides too and living in Tennessee we have plenty, But FAST IS NOT BORING.
Speed is one of the most exciting things on earth, that's why there is Nascar and Indy,etc. and everything that moves is raced sooner or later.
Fast is Boring? Hilarious.


I've been around and participated in airplane, boat, motorcycle and automotive racing for decades and in that context where "speed" is the goal it is not boring. I fully embrace and enjoy speed when that is the purpose of an event on a closed course.


Learning the difference between the "need for speed" where it is properly indulged in on a closed course that is specifically for that purpose and where it is irresponsible behavior in violation of the law is something people really should learn.


Anyone that is irresponsible by riding on a public road at over 100 mph should have their drivers license revoked, never be allowed to every have an M/C endorsement again, and should receive a minimum of six months in prison for even the first offense. It is criminal behavior and should be treated as such.


If you want to race then do it on a closed course in a sanctioned event. Don't do it on the public highways as you have no right to endanger others using the public roads.
 

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It is criminal behavior and should be treated as such.

In Tennessee speeding is NOT a criminal offense,.... and since I was on a divided interstate with no traffic there was no one at risk but me. I'd love to go to a track and let the hammer down but Daytona is over 500 miles away. Just not practical. I'll do it again after my tune up and I'll keep you informed.:)
 

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In Utah, 100 is only 15 over.

In Texas it is already 100 MPH

 

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I've found that the faster I'm riding the less I'm enjoying the journey....... nothing is more boring to me than a long straight highway and I prefer the twisted roads whenever I can find them. I intentionally seek them out. My favorite road typically have a speed limit of 50 mph or less and the turns are tight enough so that breaking the speed limit is really a silly thing to do.
Not to say I've not gone over 100 mph on a motorcycle but the last time I did it was in the early 1970's. It was really quite boring to go that fast.

Riding the "slab" is relatively boring. I agree that the twisties are exciting, especially with a bike as confident in the corners as my Street Rod. I went 135 mph on a bike many, many years ago. I have no desire to do that kind of stuff any more. Maybe I am just getting old? Nah, can't be, cuz I never intend on growing up.
 

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I think that speeding without the skills to go that fast is reckless. Take the Autobahn for instance, does it make everyone reckless that drives over 100 mph? Speed is simply a guidance to keep one safe.
 

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BTW "Old Dawg" you need not explain your reasoning for fun
to anyone. Especially total strangers on this forum.
Hopefully you will consider a good exhaust improvement, and A/F tuner in the near future, and if money allows, some ported heads.
That bad boy will really crank then. HAVE FUN!!

Thanks for the tips on improving the speed but I think she is fast enough already. 110 is extremely exhilarating on that motorcycle to me. I know a guy that has a Hyabusa and 180 is nothing for him to do. He has offered to let me ride it but I don't really think I want to go THAT fast on two wheels. That Thruxton I rode a few months back was to much bike for me and I could tell that it was a disaster in the making.
I Love Natalie just as she is.:)
 

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To speed or not speed, is the question. Well it's not strictly Shakespeare, but what the ****?
Do your thing guys and leave each other alone to enjoy the ride. It's still a Harley and riding Harley's is what we all love..... The common thread here, I am sure.
Hope it didn't come out as a sermon?
 

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Hey OlDawg I am curious, have you done any performance upgrades prior to obtaining those speeds?

I ask because the few times I have "opened-her-up" went as followed:

~400miles ridden collectively: Reached a topspeed of 100mph briefly before the engine clearly sounded like it was at max RPMs

~1600miles ridden collectively (and about 800 miles after getting the SE muffler, airfilter, and download) : Straight up hit the max on the speedometer display of 110MPH on the speedometer and the engine DID NOT sound like it was at max RPMS.

I ask because I am curious how much the difference in top speed was affected by the "break-in" period versus the performance parts?
 

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I think that speeding without the skills to go that fast is reckless. Take the Autobahn for instance, does it make everyone reckless that drives over 100 mph? Speed is simply a guidance to keep one safe.


Americans would be shocked by the traffic laws applicable on the Autobahn. For example if a car passes you on the right-hand side, regardless of reason, you can and probably will be cited for obstructing traffic and the fine is huge. Get caught drinking a cup of coffee (or basically any other act other than driving) and you'll you pay a fine of perhaps 1,000 Euros and probably lose your license. They don't put up with the kind of lax driving/riding habits that Americans are used to. Their laws demand that you actually pay attention to what you're doing - DRIVING.
 

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Americans would be shocked by the traffic laws applicable on the Autobahn. For example if a car passes you on the right-hand side, regardless of reason, you can and probably will be cited for obstructing traffic and the fine is huge. Get caught drinking a cup of coffee (or basically any other act other than driving) and you'll you pay a fine of perhaps 1,000 Euros and probably lose your license. They don't put up with the kind of lax driving/riding habits that Americans are used to. Their laws demand that you actually pay attention to what you're doing - DRIVING.
Police is lax in the US? Well, wait till you come see this part of the world....it's probably akin to the famed 'The Wild West' of the years gone by in your country...LOL.:D
 
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