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How is the stability of this machine at high high speeds? anyone run it over 150mph? impressions? :cool:
 

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Speaking for the RS (and probably) pre 05 ST's. They are rock solid at high speed.

Not that I am advocating speeding !!

I have had mine to 225kph (140mph) easily and ran out of road not ooomph..

Buffeting when passing trucks can be a little unsettling but they are remarkable stable at speed.

Very confidence inspiring. :-D
 

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I've had over 230kph on the dial a number of times. I've cruised at 190kph between towns. The bike is very stable.

Although I did find taking some floodways (dips in the road in open flat country to assist drainage) at 170 a bit of a scare. I'd been crusing at 190-200 for a while so when the floodway came up I dabbed the brake to wash off speed and nearly got air coming out the other side! Looked at the speedo and thought - woops, losing 20k at those speeds is nothing, need to get down to under 130-140 for most of the floodways :)

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My last trip on I-695 coming home to Fresno CA from Reno Nevada I cruised at 110 for literally an hour or so and never felt uncomfortable. Infact, it is a little unsettling to think at that speed one could feel so invincible... almost inspiring overconfidence. :wink:

Although my 02 ST is rock solid at speed, with a little bit more pressing effort she responds VERY well to leaning over for those big sweeping turns.

In all, when I grow up, I want to be a Triumph ST. :-D

Oh ya, I don't think the 02-04 ST will actually do 150MPH. I believe my GPS has recorded 120 while the Speedo was 10-15MPH optimistic.

[ This message was edited by: Sport on 2007-01-10 05:03 ]
 

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Verrrry stable. I've done 2-3 hour stretches at 180-190kmh on less than perfect backroads and it is soooo relaxing that it's that it's as close as I get to meditating.

As far as top speed goes, mine's never been totally stretched out but has seen 230kmh with a little left in reserve. I'm running the 18 tooth front sprocket so top speed would down a bit from standard.

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I've seen 150+ more than several times and the bike is stable. Wind and dirty air do have an effect on this bike.
This past weekend while trying to adjust a new rear shock I routinely saw 110 and better leaned way over in sweepers. The bike was stable and line changes were still easy. When set up properly, this is a sweet handling bike for its weight.
 

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The bike is rock steady at high speeds. It always amazes me with how smooth it is. I have had it up to 149.9 mph per the speedo but have not updated my pictures yet.

Top Speed

[ This message was edited by: LoVel on 2007-01-10 13:26 ]
 

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I know a lot of us replace the front sprocket with a smaller size since this is the easiest performance mod there is.
Talking about top speed runs ,how hard is it to reach top speed with the oem gearing? Maybe it's allmost impossible and the smaller sprocket will increase the top speed even though it's geared for less speed?
I remember having a 50cc moped that just couldn't reach it's top speed unless it was geared down.
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i toured accross europe last summer and had mine flat out at 160.02mph on the autobahns in germany. i was averaging 145mph 'cruising speed' for 30k's.
fuel consumption was surprisingly good and the hard luggage didnt cause any problems either.
High speed stability was excellent compared to a friends honda blackbird that suffered from side winds.
 

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Russ , I had a similar bump in the road at 180 kph and it lifted the front wheel up.

Scared the Bejusus out of me !! :eek:

Mikey, mine is still OEM geared.

From what I know it the 18T helps with low end on these bikes and would/may lessen top end to a small degree.

Sprint1050DA, What was the indicated speed at redline? How much were you smiling? :-D

Again, not that I advocate speeding.. :)

48 y.o. going on 19 !! :-D
 

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On 2007-01-10 17:30, steventhechef wrote:
Russ , I had a similar bump in the road at 180 kph and it lifted the front wheel up.

Scared the Bejusus out of me !! :eek:

Mikey, mine is still OEM geared.

From what I know it the 18T helps with low end on these bikes and would/may lessen top end to a small degree.

Sprint1050DA, What was the indicated speed at redline? How much were you smiling? :-D

Again, not that I advocate speeding.. :)

48 y.o. going on 19 !! :-D
I don't advocate speeding either, but I was smiling a lot, once I got back down from the top end. It was indicating 168.4. I didn't take a picture of it there before I disconnected my battery to install the harness for a battery tender, but I do have a pic of it from the previous run which saw 166.6.
 

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Well done Sprint1050DA,

168.6 mph less the approx 10% inaccuracy (for our safety) gives you a relatively accurate figure of 151.56 mph. :-D

Who said it wouldn't do 150?? :)
 

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Yeah, that was fast enough for my taste. Actually it's not and I'd like to go faster but there are only so many times you can try that before something goes terribly wrong. I don't feel like pushing my luck farther than that. And the bike was really smooth along the road, probably smoother than when I went over that same stretch of pavement at the limit (or closer to the limit at least).
 

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I've had mine an indicated 163 mph and in the 150's a few times and it did feel really stable. Like Sprint1050 said, I would also like to go faster but on public roads there is too much that can go wrong so I don't recommend it. It sure is a blast though! :-D

Edit to add mph not kph

[ This message was edited by: womcat on 2007-01-10 21:03 ]
 

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FWIW and not to make it a p1ssing competition but I regularly hit 200kph + (125mph).

Short, sharp spurts just to blow the cobwebs out and get the adrenal glands working.

Not that I'm a speed junkie. No, No, No... :-D
 
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