I worry way too much. Been a habit I haven’t broken since I was a wee boy.My 05 T100 ran all day at 3500rpm and returned 65mph. It was a 865 motor with 18t front sprocket and 43 t rear sprocket. BTW that's the same rpm's and speed my 08 T100 runs at.
You worry to much, just ride and enjoy the bike.
Oh man what a great deal of advice all rolled up into a nice little read. Thanks for the reply!I’ve literally beat the hell out of a 2004 Speedmaster 790 and she’s still hanging in there at 115K miles, really needing a new timing chain, crank, and maybe even a lower case depending on what the big end bearings would look like. But I still ride her.
I’m thinking more like 80% of the miles have been easily above 4000 rpm - most over 5000. I was blessed early on with the kind tip to generally upshift at about 5000 rpm on that engine. It totally changed the way I rode the bike and helped me grow a great deal into the spirit of the sport, as this is the first motorbike I have ever ridden or owned.
It came with a 16t front sprocket and I tried 17’s and 18’s for a set of tires and chains or two then put the old 16t sprocket back on. I knew immediately I would never go bigger again.
I’ve sampled every oil change on it, very 4K miles as my book said, but using the incorrect viscosity of motor oil (Blue jug Rotella), and the reports always told the tale. She was healthy. Right down to when the timing chain started began consuming the chain blades. Blades have been replaced now but she’s not healthy or fit for anything more than neighborhood boulevards. I lack knowledge of a reliable shop to trust the engine with, and struggle with whether I would want to do that to anybody. I’m in the Classic British car repair business and motor overhauls are endless projects that can really bog a shop down. I’d love to do it myself don’t don’t want to commit the time. (I’d rather be riding.)
Always garage kept, she still looks all bright and shiny. In BLACK. The FASTEST color.
I wouldn’t change a thing if I had to go back and do it again. The awe, the smiles, and the utter contentment she’s blessed me with over the last 17 years are priceless. She did not change my life as much as she gave my life a direction. A direction to GO MY OWN WAY.
If you want to wear one of these motors out, you’d better pack your lunch.