250 Weekend Trip - High Speed OK?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Bsimon, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Bsimon

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    Hey All,

    I have been commuting on my 2009 BV250 for the past year or so on 35-45 mph roads through very urban areas. I have been wanting to go on a weekend trip for sometime now and my father in law just purchased a 1200RT BMW :eek1

    Now that I have someone to ride with, I am thinking of heading down to southern ohio for a guys weekend. Only issue is my bike and the route. Do you think it is ok to ride the BV 250 at speeds of 65mph or so for an hour or two without much stopping? Seems it would be revving fairly high for that amount of time.

    Any thoughts are great appreciated.

    *also should be of note - I am not concerned riding at that speed as I come from a SV650 background several years ago.

    Thanks!
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  2. alicethomas

    alicethomas Been here awhile

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    That's what it was designed for. Stop pampering/break-in, ride it!
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  3. Bsimon

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    ^ haha, thanks!
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  4. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    A liquid cooled 250 can run all day at 65 mph. I put 1000 miles on my Vespa 250 in a weekend. A Honda Helix has done the iron butt 1000 miles in 24 hours

    Have a great time and try not to show up your fil too much!
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  5. Bsimon

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    Hahaha, thanks. Yes I love the bike and can't wait to stretch its legs. I will certainly post a RR when complete. Should be going in the next few weeks.
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  6. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    My Sport City 250 has the same motor as your BV250. It will run highway speeds all day.
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  7. Dabears

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    You should be encouraged after you see the number and types of scooters currently riding day 4 of the 2500 mile scooter cannonball run from Savannah to San Diego.

    Lots of GTS 250s, with same engine as yours, so as everyone else has says you will be fine. Have fun. Give us some pictures and a trip report!:clap
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  8. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    WILL your 250 do 65 mph?

    Second question: Will your father-in-law, on his R1200RT... be ABLE to do, only 65?

    I have, or had, I'm selling, an R1200GS...I know of what I speak. Slowing DOWN below 70 takes REAL concentration...:evil
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  9. Bsimon

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    ^ I hope he can go only 65 because the SL on the road we are traveling is 55 :wink:
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  10. btcn

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    For it doing highway ok, yea you'll be fine. A liquid cooled motor don't mind it at all. Now, the Helix is a bit more comfortable at WOT for long distances than most, due to it be having a low stress engine design [basically the power just flattens out crazy fast at about 80 MPH, like the Elite 150 does at 55 MPH, before the redline, so essintally this means the motor is hardly capable of revving to dangerious RPMs in stock form, up hill or down most hills].

    BUT, if y'all are fixin to ride long trips a lot, and espically on higher speed interstates, this is where you'll likely find the limits of 250 cc. Its usually no fun riding with a bike with so much more capabilities on long rides. He'll be doing 80 MPH on the Freeway like nothing, and you'll be maxed out, and come hills, winds, etc you'll probably find yourself wanting more HP. Thats my experances anyways.

    Also, we's talking ACTUAL speeds [GPS, Radar, etc], NOT speedo speeds, right? Nearly all scooters and most Motorcycles I know of read 5-17% optimistic. Meaning 65 MPH indicated could be 52-60 MPH or so actual. The 1200 may also read off though.

    But, your scoot will be fine. 65 MPH actual won't brake a sweat.
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  11. Bsimon

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    Thanks for the response, and I do agree with you about the possible want for more HP, but we don't plan on any long trips and he is a very conservative rider, as am I.

    I will post a ride report in the next few weeks once we take off!

    Thanks!
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  12. cdwise

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    A good percentage of the cannoball riders are using the same engine you have. Last summer my husband and I rode from Colorado to California - 1600 miles in 63 days through Utah and crossing from Las Vegas to Fallbrook on I-15 where we did sustained speeds of 80-85 by gps for 3 hours.He rode a 2009 Sports City - exact same engine you have and we did almost 400 miles one of those days.I was riding our BV 500. I've taken my GTS on 300+ mile a day rides, again no problems.

    Assuming you have done regular service on the scoot and your tires are good your scoot is more than capable of what you are talking about doing. Go, have fun on your boys weekend.
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  13. lifer

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    My son took my Honda reflex from washington state to san diago last year in 3 days. That was a 1250 mile ride. He had to slow down to about 60 mph through the desert of northern Cal. to keep the engine temps down but it did the trip with no problems . Your scooter is capable of it , its us that think we have to have more than we need. Now saying that I would not want to do a tip on anything smaller but a 250 will do the job . Now if you want to do 80 - 85 mph all day thats another story. 65 - 70 mph all day should be doable. I will say that the wind will blow you around a fair bit because the 250s are very light for the interstate.
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