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What rpms are you guys seeing at about 65 mph on a flat straight-away? Mine are about 4800 and I was wondering if that was what you guys are running to.
 

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Here we go again!!:boxing: I was getting about 4500 or so holding 63-65 mph. Check your bike with a quality GPS and make sure your speedo is correct. Everybody seems to get different tach readings for the same mph, but ultimately they are all fairly close.
 

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That seems about right. I am kind of going from memory, don't watch it much while going down the highway, but it is about 4000 at 55 and between 4500 to 5000 at 65.
 

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5,500 is 75 - 77 mph on speedo.

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Yep, the Vulcan is a high revving bike.
It's easily doubles the RPM's of what my truck does. But on the good side, the MPG is triple what I get on the truck !!
 

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Max torque on our bikes is around 5-6K. Was riding with my buddy who just bought the 01 Road King last night. 1450 something cc's I believe. I was following him as we turned onto FM1431 and he gunned it trying to get away from me. He took me from the dead stop and was a good 50 yards in front of me but I caught him easily before he got to 65 mph. Those harleys have a lot of bottom end torque but they seem to run out of the high end of the power band pretty quick compared to ours. He tried it several times last night but never could get away from me. Then it was my turn to lead and he could only catch me when I leveled out at the speed limit. :rockon: We stopped to eat dinner way up at the north end of lake buchanan and he said something about how quick my bike was. I didn't know if he'd admit it or not, but he did.

This morning I turned onto the same road in the middle of town heading to work and pulled in behind a guy I work with that has one of the custom made, limited edition harleys, I think in a 1200 cc. He tried to pull away from me and couldn't. I was enjoying watching him shift down as he went up every hill and I would have to slow down to keep my distance. When we got to work he said he wondered if that was me. But he didn't say anything about not being able to leave me in his dust. I know he was thinking about it though.:) Just too proud to admit my little KAW was keeping up with his seventeen thousand dollar (used) custom harley.
 

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he said something about how quick my bike was. I didn't know if he'd admit it or not, but he did.

But he didn't say anything about not being able to leave me in his dust. I know he was thinking about it though.:) Just too proud to admit my little KAW was keeping up with his seventeen thousand dollar (used) custom harley.
LMAO !!!!
Vulcan RULE, Hardleys go... putt-putt-putt !!! :beerchug:
That's showin' them , Fergy !!

And $17K for a bike?? :BLAM:
 

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Max torque on our bikes is around 5-6K. Was riding with my buddy who just bought the 01 Road King last night. 1450 something cc's I believe. I was following him as we turned onto FM1431 and he gunned it trying to get away from me. He took me from the dead stop and was a good 50 yards in front of me but I caught him easily before he got to 65 mph. Those harleys have a lot of bottom end torque but they seem to run out of the high end of the power band pretty quick compared to ours. He tried it several times last night but never could get away from me. Then it was my turn to lead and he could only catch me when I leveled out at the speed limit. :rockon: We stopped to eat dinner way up at the north end of lake buchanan and he said something about how quick my bike was. I didn't know if he'd admit it or not, but he did.

This morning I turned onto the same road in the middle of town heading to work and pulled in behind a guy I work with that has one of the custom made, limited edition harleys, I think in a 1200 cc. He tried to pull away from me and couldn't. I was enjoying watching him shift down as he went up every hill and I would have to slow down to keep my distance. When we got to work he said he wondered if that was me. But he didn't say anything about not being able to leave me in his dust. I know he was thinking about it though.:) Just too proud to admit my little KAW was keeping up with his seventeen thousand dollar (used) custom harley.
Sorry to get off the subject plainsrider I never really took notice of the rpm at that speed but I have to respond to fergys comments.Fergy last year when my bike was new I had the same thing happen to me against a 1200 hardley and a 1602 victory the hardley I could pass at will had no trouble at all.I never tried it from a standstill.The victory was leading and I was watching his tailpipes when I saw a puff of black smoke come out of his pipes I would hammer it and he could not get away from me.As a matter of fact I was gaining on him until we hit 90 on a country road and I backed off.I thought it was a fluke.You cleared that up for me.We do have a great bike Thanks.By the way when I backed off I checked the rear view and the hardley was way back there.
 

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I to am at 4000 rpm at 60mph
 

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6k rpm at 80 for me do you guys go slower than that lol
 

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Yep, that's why I'm hanging on to Lena, she's faster than a lot of Cruisers, has good power, I like the stock handle bars and what is for me the comfortable seating position with a seat height of 28.9" I couldn't go much below a 29 inch seat height and if I ever get another bike the increased visibility on one of the BMW Enduro's with a 37" seat height appeals to me.
 

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The harley's are no competition for the Vulcans. Both my VN700's have stomped all over both my buddies 2004 1200 Sporters and the Fuel injected Road King. At 55 mph or faster I can crack the throttle in 5th gear and pull away easily and hear 2 Harley's behind me grabbing gears and trying to catch up--It' makes me smile and laugh at them everytime! However, they don't share my sense of humor at those times.
 

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I'm staying away from doing any real long rides or torquey accellerations until I have the chance to check out my splines. I just bought my bike and I am still in the "make sure it is mechanically sound" phase so I know what I have to work with. Bought my VN750 two weeks ago in Chicagoland, and I am still waiting for a decent day that I have free here in KS to work on the final drive. If I check it and see that the splines are OK I can feel more confident on my takeoffs and long trips. BTW, My bike is a 1989 VN750 that was babied by a nephew and later sold to an uncle. It was kept in the family and only has 8900 original miles on it. It sounds incredible, is tight in its workings, and the only problem I have is that it has a slight cam chain noise when the engine is around 2500 rpms under a slight stress load and a little oil leak where the tranny meets the front of the drive shaft. Did I say that it had brand new tires, battery, and a 2 year old custom flame paint job...I love it....;) :p :D
 

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Yeah its a great feeling knowing that you can blow right on by those hardly ablesons.Not to mention a lot of other bikes.Not that this is what I do but its good to know you can.......................
 

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My wife smokes my bike (suzuki C50) off the line with her VN750. I don't even try to keep up with her, I figure I'll catch her at the next light. My only advantage is my butt doesn't hurt after 2 hrs like hers does.
 
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