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    Quote Originally Posted by timebombprod View Post
    When you go 5th to 1st going right under 30 and whack the throttle itll come up!

    Didnt expect it either. Again it was more of a hop up not a wheelie!
    Wow!

    What a downshift!!!

    And then you pop it in first gear?

    That's quick left foot action there...glad you made it out alive! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor View Post
    The "front wheel came up" on a 38 year old 650? Pull my other leg and it plays jingle bells.
    I saw the guy that bought my first streetbike - a Kawasaki LTD 550 do a wheelie. I was impressed... and surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSXR7ED View Post
    Wow!

    What a downshift!!!

    And then you pop it in first gear?

    That's quick left foot action there...glad you made it out alive! lol

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    All I knew is that first gear was able to be shifted into, and I went for it lol.

    I was glad nothing else happened too! Surprised me alot but in a good way. I just remember how free the front end felt for that bit of a second and was like holy $%/# the front end came up!


    If the thing was manageable to wheelie which, that shows it might if I were to try to on purpose, I might try to learn if I feel comfortable. She sure is heavy though, even though I cant feel it riding....
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    I'm confident my '84GSX1150e will hit it's max with no problem. I've added about 20 extra hp and lowered it's weight by 30-40lbs. My mechanic did carb tune and test run and said it did 200km/125mph easily. Factory recorded top speed was 145mph, I've no doubt it will match that and more once I add a big bore kit(8-10% hp) and change the sprockets for better highway cruising.

    Not that I have any intention of testing it's top end range, I've done that and don't feel the need to do that again. I'd like to keep my driving license.
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    I've read a stock GS850 engine tops out at around 120mph. So yeah, fast enough for who it's for.
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    I never felt as comfortable at speed on the 1150 as I did the FZ1 or the VF1000R. I had the GS up above 120 a few times, but had the VFR over 140 many times and the FZ above 150 many times. Both bikes felt better at those speeds than the GS did 20-30 mph lower.
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    In 83 my then new 1100e wasn't fast enough now 38 years later it's too fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by red1100 View Post
    In 83 my then new 1100e wasn't fast enough now 38 years later it's too fast.
    Me too. I think my Cojones have shrunk....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyTank View Post
    I've read a stock GS850 engine tops out at around 120mph. So yeah, fast enough for who it's for.
    I think I saw test mags get 125-126. Mine has never seen an honest ton.

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    I got the GS550LZ on the road again and wanted to see its limits.

    On a flat smooth road I got it close to 80 mph but then it started to get a bit wobbly so I let up. The motor still had plenty but there's something up in the steering or suspension.

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