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Well I have been out riding twice now with my Ninja 300 (93 miles) Must say I love every minute of it. My main concern is like when I'm doing 60 mph or so the bike is winding up at 6k. Is this bad for the bike? I know if my car was running at 6k I would be considered but I have no clue if the bikes are different or not. I want to take a trip down to my buddies house but doing 75-80 on the interstate would wind it up even more. Some light on this subject would be much appreciated. Thanks guys!
 

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Bikes operate at higher rpms. As long as you aren't going over redline you're good.

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Well... assuming you're still breaking it in, wiser better minds than I have made their arguments, already. That said, what's the tachometer redline at? :D

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Will changing sprockets mess up my speedometer? Its hard to tell from the post. If speed is based off engine speed then my guess is yes. Also ninja red lines at 12k
 

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Going 99MPH on my 300, I still had plenty to go before I redlined it. You'll be fine. I'm only 5'8 180lbs though.
 

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Will changing sprockets mess up my speedometer? Its hard to tell from the post. If speed is based off engine speed then my guess is yes. Also ninja red lines at 12k
The consensus seems to be that upgrading to a 15t front sprocket actually makes the speedometer more accurate (it reads high from the factory).
 

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Explains why I'm getting passed all the time when im going 5 over the speed limit.
well that, and we live in central florida...
 

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Explains why I'm getting passed all the time when im going 5 over the speed limit.

you will find the majority if motorcycles/cars when you buy them the speed it shows on the speedo is actually a little slower then what your actually doing, not a bad thing i guess, might help save you a fine or two;)
 

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This lol. People are regularly doing 10-15 over the set speed limit.
come try these bridges or i75 south sometime. i was going 85 (so really 80) on howard franklind this morning and still getting passed by people. Limit is 65.

and i75 south the limit is 70. so naturally i get passed by 90 and 95 all the time.

also fwiw today was the first and only time i've had to peg the throttle on the 300 to get moving with a quickness; some old lady decided she had to slow down to 30 mph to exit onto US60 with a quickness... good going blue hairs. i hate old people drivers.
 

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So is the spedo roughly 5 off? Or should I chase one of my buddies around and figure the exact number for my bike. I was doing 60 in a 50 the other day and came around a fun corner and they had a speed trap set up. Surprisingly I never got even the slightest finger pointed at me.
 

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10% is the maximum it is allowed to be off from everything I have read, so unless it is dead on I would give 10% for error room. So indicated 90 is 81.
 

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A lot of people...myself included are not used to hearing a machine scream like a motorcycle. Especially if you're the driver. I usually cruise at 5000 - 5500 RPMs. Depends on traffic and weather conditions. Just the other day on the freeway I was cruising at around 6500 - 7000 RPMs, going 87.

Won't usually shift until I hit 6000 RPM minimum.

What you think is the bike screaming is just the standard tone. Now if you're going above redline, then you risk damage.
 

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you will find the majority if motorcycles/cars when you buy them the speed it shows on the speedo is actually a little slower then what your actually doing, not a bad thing i guess, might help save you a fine or two;)
I think you mean the indicated speed is higher than what you are actually going. In Australia it is illegal to read under what you are actually going and from factory i believe it is a 10%tolerance for overread.
 

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A lot of people...myself included are not used to hearing a machine scream like a motorcycle. Especially if you're the driver. I usually cruise at 5000 - 5500 RPMs. Depends on traffic and weather conditions. Just the other day on the freeway I was cruising at around 6500 - 7000 RPMs, going 87.

Won't usually shift until I hit 6000 RPM minimum.

What you think is the bike screaming is just the standard tone. Now if you're going above redline, then you risk damage.
Agreed. Some members myself included are somewhat new to riding motorcycles. You need yo know that not all engines are the same and some operate very differently, ever driven a boat or a rotory?
 

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I think you mean the indicated speed is higher than what you are actually going. In Australia it is illegal to read under what you are actually going and from factory i believe it is a 10%tolerance for overread.

yes, thats correct, my mistake, had a minor brain fart
 
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