It definitely says 114MPH. the bike is running well, not 100% tuned. also, as far as I know the gears are stock (not actually sure what sizes those are). and no, I'm not just trying to hit 100. the guys I usually ride with are all on v-twins, so it's hard to keep up with them on the freeway. I'm thinking about putting a smaller sprocket on, maybe 1-2 teeth smaller. I know that'll screw with my acceleration a bit, so do you guys think that's worth it?
Ok i just physically bit my tongue not to want to curse around my GF's parents......
So you claim yourself that the bike is not 100% but want to mess with gears to maybe get a better top speed?
Wild guess here but pods and cut exhaust?
Well lets hold off on talkinng about why 100+mph is needed or the fact that over time some of the horses that it had might have left the barn....
As Ken said it sounds like you are getting the speed that the bike should or at least in a range of it..
1 tooth up on the countershaft sprocket makes a detectable difference, 1 or 2 teeth down on the rear not so much, moot point if you can't pull redline in top gear as Ken indicated 5500 is a long way short of the 9k you should be seeing.
...now how much do you say you weigh again?
Like I said earlier jaguar, I have no desire to hit 100, I simply wanted to know if I should have an easier time keeping up with Panheads/Shovelheads that the majority of my buddies are cruising.
Trials, I weigh 180 give or take a few.
Ken, yes to everything in your last post.
Just figure out how much rpm you'd like to loose at 70. Use that to figure new final drive ratio.
You can even work backwards from that and figure out your new first gear overall ratio will be. (need to find the trans internal ratios somewhere)
Then say your new final drive ratio makes first equivalent to second with your current final drive ratio. Ride around town taking off in second for a bit. See if that's liveable, then you'll know for yourself what it's going to be like.
But then you also get that a little Shovel's still like 1200cc? Even though the HD's ancient design your 550's going to work to keep up.
I built a 'production racer' GS550 around 1980. (forget if it 618cc or full on 720?)
It would do well over 150mph but speedo was faulty so it never read anything over 90mph.
Never bothered to get a new clock
If you can see rev counter (still have it?) there is a red 'wedge' on left side of clock, make sure needle is somewhere near it and you HD buddies will probably complain you ride too fast (even at 30+ yrs old it should still make more power than an iron head sporty)
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