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post #11 of 72 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 01:14 PM
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Here we go again..
I went on a discussion with a friend who told me that its impossible that the vn750 passes the 120mph barrier, because his mean streak doesn´t. I can swear I did 125/127mph on the 750, and I´m almost certain that the meanie can do even better.
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My meanstreak is definitely quicker than my vn750 up til say 100, the meanie is geared high so it may not pass 120 even downhill with a tail wind. Not sure about the vn750, never had it past 100, perhaps soon.

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Not condoning anything, just engaging in a theoretical discussion here, but...

In most cars, top speed runs are done in the gear one down from top gear because top gear is a mileage gear that puts the RPM too low for the engine's power delivery to keep pulling as you accelerate. A heavy cruiser may be geared similarly.
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Do you know how much horsepower does the meanstreak 1500?
1.-Maybe there´s a similar power to weight relation to the 750, proving that maybe beyond 100mph both behave similar but below 100mph the torque of the meanie gives better acceleration.
2.-I know for sure that at such high speeds aerodinamics play a stronger role than horsepower and both bikes sufer from poor aeros.
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Do you know how much horsepower does the meanstreak 1500?
1.-Maybe there´s a similar power to weight relation to the 750, proving that maybe beyond 100mph both behave similar but below 100mph the torque of the meanie gives better acceleration.
2.-I know for sure that at such high speeds aerodinamics play a stronger role than horsepower and both bikes sufer from poor aeros.
The Meanie is a 1600 right? I think the 1500 is the Vulcan Classic.

I think how clean her inards are makes a difference too so then age becomes a factor...
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Do you know how much horsepower does the meanstreak 1500?
1.-Maybe there´s a similar power to weight relation to the 750, proving that maybe beyond 100mph both behave similar but below 100mph the torque of the meanie gives better acceleration.
2.-I know for sure that at such high speeds aerodinamics play a stronger role than horsepower and both bikes sufer from poor aeros.

My meanie is on '02 so it's a 1500 fuel injected. Late 03+ are 1600's.

1. Setup as mine is about 75HP at the rear wheel. But it weighs 700 pounds.
2. Especially with a windshield onthem.

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One thing you need to be aware of....
On the Vulcan (and many vehicles for that matter) the speedo is set to show faster than you are actually going.
Reports here say the Vulcan's speedo is about 10% off. So if you're showing 120mph, you most likely are at 108mph (12mph difference).
This can be compensated for by switching to the larger front tire.

This is one con to having a shaft drive. As you can't just change out the sprocket or drive gear to increase top speed

Fastest I've had mine was about 115mph, indicated. So about 104mph, actual.





That'd be about 70mph if it was.
I moved up to the 110/90-19 on the front but left the rear 150/90-15 when I got my Metzler's put on about 2 months ago. Does that mean my speedo is a little more accurate to my actual speed?


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VN750_DawgsFan,

I tried a GPS on my bike last week for the first time (VERY DISTRACTING) and it said the speed with my stock tires was off by 9-12%. I'm planning on changing the front tire to the 110/90-19 just to try to make my speedo more accurate. 65 MPH on the speedo was actually about 57.5 MPH on the GPS.

Hopefully upping the size of the rear tire will bring down the RPMs a little too.

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Umm... I don't have a speedo on mine officer... I was just going with the flow of traffic!! Honest


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I guess I'm either a wuss or an old fart, but why do you need to go that fast?I'm personally not in that big a hurry and have nothing to prove.

"Because it's there."


George Leigh Mallory



(In March 1923, in an interview with The New York Times, the British mountaineer George Leigh Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, and replied, 'Because it's there'. The answer became famous, not least because Mallory himself was lost on Everest in the following year. It was sometimes suggested that he and his fellow-climber Andrew Irvine, who were last seen 'going strong for the summit', might in fact have reached it before their deaths, but there was no proof.

In May 1999, 75 years later, the body of George Mallory was found on Everest, and the press coverage surrounding the discovery focused again on Mallory's 'Because it's there' as a statement summarizing the mountaineer's reasons for climbing. )


Some folks , like me, just like to go fast....we are not "out to prove anything" we just like the feeling of excitement in moving along the earth as fast as we are able to go. With all things there are risks, but what is the point of life if you never take risks?
That cheeseburger you are shoving in your face may in fact be more dangerous than a 100+mph jaunt down a deserted highway.

Not saying it is something one should do all the time, but if you own a motorcyle and have never "see what she can do" you really just don't , and likely never will, get it.


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"Because it's there."


George Leigh Mallory



(In March 1923, in an interview with The New York Times, the British mountaineer George Leigh Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, and replied, 'Because it's there'. The answer became famous, not least because Mallory himself was lost on Everest in the following year. It was sometimes suggested that he and his fellow-climber Andrew Irvine, who were last seen 'going strong for the summit', might in fact have reached it before their deaths, but there was no proof.

In May 1999, 75 years later, the body of George Mallory was found on Everest, and the press coverage surrounding the discovery focused again on Mallory's 'Because it's there' as a statement summarizing the mountaineer's reasons for climbing. )


Some folks , like me, just like to go fast....we are not "out to prove anything" we just like the feeling of excitement in moving along the earth as fast as we are able to go. With all things there are risks, but what is the point of life if you never take risks?
That cheeseburger you are shoving in your face may in fact be more dangerous than a 100+mph jaunt down a deserted highway.

Not saying it is something one should do all the time, but if you own a motorcyle and have never "see what she can do" you really just don't , and likely never will, get it.


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good answer, I did a 100 on mine once for a short distance and got it out of my system, I'm good now. once in a while I'll crack her up to about 80 real quick on a country road, but then bring her right back down. for the most part, I do the limit or 5 above!

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