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Old 11-10-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Is there any danger in getting close to redline?

I have a 04 klr 250, i get off work at around 1am and ive noticed my bike really loves the cold air at night so ive been racing around town a little before i get home each night...my redline is at 9.5k rpm and i'll regularly see that im doing 8k-9k in my 6th gear (only in 6th, i shift at around 7k in my other gears)

I never hold it at that high rpms for more than a minute or so but is there any danger in going that close to redline?
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:20 AM   #2
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No problem with running it through the gears and touching the redline or near there every once in a while. Holding it next to redline or at the limiter isn't so good, but nothing wrong with keeping the revs moderately up for power. Shoot, my CBR used to cruise the freeways at 7k all day long. With the previous owner's Yosh pipe, it was quite obnoxious.
If you're near redline in 6th, you might want to consider gearing up to bring the revs down a little.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:08 AM   #3
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What Buickid said.

I get close to or hit redline all the time on my KLR650. But I try to keep the revs below 5,500 on the interstate. I put on a one tooth larger front sprocket.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:56 AM   #4
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The only motorcycle that I ever cruised sustained right on Redline was powered by the BMW type 247 boxer air-cooled engine. BMW built engines capable of this.

Wouldn't try it with any lesser engines.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
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The only motorcycle that I ever cruised sustained right on Redline was powered by the BMW type 247 boxer air-cooled engine. BMW built engines capable of this.

Wouldn't try it with any lesser engines.
Yeah, Riiiight...

Any modern engine will run pretty close to all day long at near redline. Most, if not all, have limiters that kick in before any damage is done.

Of two current bikes:
R1200, I can't see running up against the redline because it just isn't necessary (although I have hit the limiter a time or two)
TW200, I run that little sucker flat out ALL the time with no ill effects.

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Old 11-10-2012, 06:01 AM   #6
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It's fine with a few caveats:

Keep it maintained; keep the oil fresh, chain at the right spec, valves adjusted correctly, etc.

Don't go near redline or use heavy throttle until the bike has had adequate time to warm up! This varies from bike to bike, but you want the OIL to be warmed up -- not just the coolant (if applicable) Ride easy right after you get going and slowly ramp up the agressiveness.

Boucning off the rev limiter itself repeatedly puts huge stresses on all the engine components because either fuel or ignition is being cut to keep the engine from overrevving.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:35 AM   #7
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Touching on what Buickid said. If your capable of hitting redline in 6th, that tells us that your bike has been geared up for tighter trail-off road type use. If your using it mainly for commuting duty, you could save on gas and general engine wear and tear by lowering the final ratio a bit.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:49 AM   #8
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To me, one of the stupidest things ever is to put a tach on a small thumper or two stroke. I have no idea why the Japanese insist on adding one. It isn't exactly a superbike. It doesn't make enough power to hurt itself or you. So it doesn't need a tach.

None of my current thumpers have a tach and only one previous thumper had a tach. Therefore I have no idea what the red line is much less whether I ride at, near or over it. I shift when the power drops off or it quits reving the way God meant for us to ride.

If you are worried about reving a little one lunger, don't. Run it like you stole it. Rebuild the top end when it gets tired. Then run it hard some more. Seriously. Have fun. It is a motorcycle, right?
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:05 AM   #9
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To me, one of the stupidest things ever is to put a tach on a small thumper or two stroke. I have no idea why the Japanese insist on adding one. It isn't exactly a superbike. It doesn't make enough power to hurt itself or you. So it doesn't need a tach.

None of my current thumpers have a tach and only one previous thumper had a tach. So I have no idea what the red line is on any of my bikes much less whether I ride at, near or over it. I shift when the power drops off or it quits reving the way God meant for us to ride.

If you are worried about reving a little one lunger, don't. Run it like you stole it. Rebuild the top end when it gets tired. Then run it hard some more.
I know where redline is on my thumpers, it is quite easy to determine without a tach. It comes right before the waaah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah sound.

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You have a point. I know where it is, too. I just don't know what rpm.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:33 AM   #11
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The only motorcycle that I ever cruised sustained right on Redline was powered by the BMW type 247 boxer air-cooled engine. BMW built engines capable of this.

Wouldn't try it with any lesser engines.
I spun a rod bearing on my old R90S doing just that, sustained high speed crossing the high desert in NM...German junk is so overrated!
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:45 AM   #12
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A friend is rebuilding/upgrading his KLR250 with a 330 kit. The manufacturer of the 330 kit CLAIMS that the bottom end is good for about 14 grand. Take this with as many grains of salt as you wish, but it's a roller bearing bottom end and is pretty stout. It seems that the inherent weakness in the KLRs is the top end, and this appears to be borne out by many people's experience. My buddy rides at about 7 grand or higher everywhere. This, combined with an unscheduled dunk in a mud puddle led to the rebuild, but he put 20k very hard miles on the bike before it became an issue.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:57 AM   #13
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No problem as long as it has adequate oil and is properly maintained. Redline is maximum safe operating RPM. It will wear faster but the amount is so small you'll never know it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #14
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The only motorcycle that I ever cruised sustained right on Redline was powered by the BMW type 247 boxer air-cooled engine. BMW built engines capable of this.

Wouldn't try it with any lesser engines.
Comedy GOLD!! You sir know how to make subtle joke!
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Comedy GOLD!! You sir know how to make subtle joke!
Ohhh, NOW I get it! THAT's FUNNY!

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