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Ok weird thing happened the other day. While riding on a highway with no traffic, i started accelerating and the bike would not go past 75-75 mph. It would get there and then just fluctuate between 75 and 76. I don't normally speed but I found this quite unusual. I've had it over 80 before with more head room left.

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Rebel 500
Rider weight 165
Passenger weight 120
Was on a flat straight road.
6th gear.
It didn't feel like it was sputtering or anything, just like it had no more power.


I have had it easily past 80 with the same passenger in the past.

Im gonna do some riding alone to see if it has the same issue. If so I may have to get rid of the slip on exhaust even though I have had it on for a month and never caused an issue before.
 

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Huh, that sounded strange.
Is there even an electric limiter on the bike? Or mechanical? I know there is some systems in place in case you crash it or just lay it over onto the side, but haven't read anything about it limiting your top speed.
 

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Huh, that sounded strange.
Is there even an electric limiter on the bike? Or mechanical? I know there is some systems in place in case you crash it or just lay it over onto the side, but haven't read anything about it limiting your top speed.


6th gear is basically an overdrive. doesn't really have a whole lot power available to it. Drop it to 5th and open her up, listen to the rpms, you'll know when to shift to 6th and she'll keep speed.


Its the same thing I went through with my 300. Highway driving, getting up to speed, passing, got to drop that gear, get it moving then cruise in 6th. 5th gear will take you right to 86-88mph. Least it does on the 300. I bet the 500 can go to about 95mph before going to 6th.


Some might think that extreme on such a small bike. I've had Honda's for years, I know their limitations, and I can assure you, this little 300 can take it.
 

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6th gear is basically an overdrive. doesn't really have a whole lot power available to it. Drop it to 5th and open her up, listen to the rpms, you'll know when to shift to 6th and she'll keep speed.


Its the same thing I went through with my 300. Highway driving, getting up to speed, passing, got to drop that gear, get it moving then cruise in 6th. 5th gear will take you right to 86-88mph. Least it does on the 300. I bet the 500 can go to about 95mph before going to 6th.


Some might think that extreme on such a small bike. I've had Honda's for years, I know their limitations, and I can assure you, this little 300 can take it.
Thanks for this!
That explains why I'm struggling to gain speed in 6th. Highest I've managed to go was 82mph on the 300. But that's probably because I'm shifting early into 6th then trying to stretch it.
 

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Yeah even on the 500 I find myself shifting into 6th way too soon.

But I gotta ask.. What is the highway speed limit for you guys? Who the heck cruises at 95 mph even?!
Fastest I was able to get the 300 to, which was this past weekend, was 100mph. Flat straight road. Wasn't cruising at that speed per say, just seeing what this little bike can do, how far can I push it. Hasn't disappointed me yet besides comfort. lol.


Shift timing was key, otherwise I'd be there all day trying to get there. Actually started timing myself on the shifts, and 1.75 sec shifts roughly is what I am able to do.


Soon as I squeeze the lever, foot comes up, then I just let go of lever same time opening up throttle. No lurch, no bog, its quick enough not even notice I made a shift except for the sound of rpms. lol. Call me crazy, but its a habit I've always had with anything I ride/drive. It's my ride, I want to know what she can, lol.
 

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Ofc, always nice to know what the machine can do ^^,

But no, seriously, like what is the speed limit for you guys thou?
Normal high speed limit through out Norway is set at 80 km/h (50 mph)
Here where I live the freeway speed limit is 90 km/h (56 mph)
Some freeways have a speed limit of 110 km/h (68 mph) wich is the highest speed limit we have here in Norway.
 

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Actually started timing myself on the shifts, and 1.75 sec shifts roughly is what I am able to do.
Seems a bit leisurely, actually... I haven't timed myself, but I'd say that when I'm accelerating with a "purpose," such as merging onto the interstate, I shift rather quickly... definitely less than a second, and probably closer to 1/2 a second.

But no, seriously, like what is the speed limit for you guys thou?
Most 2-lane highways in my area are either 55 or 60mph, divided interstates range from 60-65mph in the main metro area, and bump up to 70mph once clear of the suburbs and surrounded by farmland.

I'd love to see what my 500 would do... just don't want to risk a speeding ticket. :D
 

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Yea...here in Illinois (chicagoland) the highway has a posted limit of 55 mph I believe, but the flow of traffic is 80 mph+ lol.
If I'm cruising on the expressway on the slow lane it's at 70-75mph :frown2:
 

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Central Illinois here..70MPH speed limit on the interstates over here.

I completely agree about the 5th gear..thats where the power is. 6th does nothing.

I recently got my 500 to 100 and 5th gear got it to about 90
 

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If you live in Pennsylvania you may not want to try going over 100 MPH .

Over 100 can be charged as a felony.

Kenny
 

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Ofc, always nice to know what the machine can do ^^,

But no, seriously, like what is the speed limit for you guys thou?
Normal high speed limit through out Norway is set at 80 km/h (50 mph)
Here where I live the freeway speed limit is 90 km/h (56 mph)
Some freeways have a speed limit of 110 km/h (68 mph) wich is the highest speed limit we have here in Norway.
No seriously the speed limit is 70mph by me.
 

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In Georgia, the 2 lane and 4 lane non-divided highways speed limit is 55 mph. On 4 lane divided highways it is 65 mph. On limited access highways like interstates, the speed limit is 70 mph. All of those are dropped 10 mph when in heavily populated areas, cities, or other less safe areas.

Now with that said, the state police do not routinely stop anyone unless they are at least 10 mph over the speed limit, or have other extenuating circumstances. Local police are prevented by law from routinely issuing tickets for less than 10 mph over the posted speed limit in order to minimize speed traps designed strictly to generate ticket revenue. Therefore, in practice, almost everyone drives at least 10 mph over the speed limit, and many stretch that to 20+.

Our license points system does not kick in until +14 mph above the speed limit. In other words, a ticket at 10 mph over the speed limit only costs you the one time price of the ticket, does not affect your driving record, and does not affect your insurance costs. Above 14 mph above the speed limit, i.e. 15 mph and up, results in points on your license, increased ticket costs, and increased insurance costs that stick with you for at least 3 years. The points, ticket costs, and insurance ramifications escalate as the speed goes up. If you receive too many points, your license will be suspended, and insurance costs are based on total points accumulated over the last 3 years, and apply to all vehicles that you own.

On our interstates, you will be the slowest person on the road at 70 mph. You will be passed often at 80 mph, but will also pass some. Once you reach 90 mph, you will still be passed occasionally but not often, and will pass almost everyone else, but the speed differential will be relatively small.

I personally set my cruise control at either 10 or 14 mph over the posted speed limit depending on whether I am in a hurry or not. If I am in an emergency, or extreme hurry, then posted speed limits are irrelevant, and I drive at the limit of my personal comfort level for risk. This varies from only slightly over the posted speed limit in congested, or high traffic areas, or highly policed areas, to well over 100 mph on straight open roads with good visibility and light or no traffic. Regardless of all that, I just love to twist the throttle when on a bike, any bike, or floor it in a sports car, any sports car, and almost always have to slow back down to cruising speed after going through the gears, sometimes by a lot.
 
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