Main Motorcycle: '06 Speed Triple
Join Date: May 2010
Other Motorcycle: '96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
Extra Motorcycle: Not any more
Vaguely curious, as I don't ride a twin often, but what do you see as the top speed of a stock Scrambler?
I've occasionally thought I'd like to get one as a second bike but the only one I've ridden was a stock loaner while my Speedy was in for service. It was quite the adjustment, and not in a good way. I know these aren't 'fast' bikes, but on my commute I was flat out into a headwind going up-hill on the San Mateo bridge and barely able to keep up with traffic. I think I hit 90 at WOT, and it took a while to get there. Normal cruising speed here would be 80, so draw your own conclusions. It's the only time I've been passed by a Harley.
I know that's not what the bike is built for, and really wouldn't be the way I would want to use it normally, but what sort of improvement to that would you expect to see with basic bolt-ons; without opening the engine? Or is it pretty much a matter where bolt-ons might make things look/sound better but don't really add much power? That is typical; I don't run the Wolf pipes on in S3 because I think they'll give me 20 hp or something, I run them because they're lighter, better looking, and sound better. At least to me. On a Scrambler (or a Bonnie I suppose) is it better to just go ahead and add cc's if you want performance?
Just curious really. It's not like I'm going to buy another bike anytime soon.
'06 Speed Triple
'96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
and a bunch of other stuff
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough - Mario Andretti