Top speed on camhead 2010-2013 GSA?

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  1. bauerboy

    bauerboy Been here awhile

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    Trying to get and idea of the top speed. My buddy wants to take his bike to the Mohave Magnum in 2018 and thought about taking mine for a run.
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  2. lewisjr1

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    I believe U.S. models are electronically governed at an indicated 137 mph, which likely closer to 130-132 mph in practice.

    For something with the aerodynamics of a brick, that doesn't strike me as too bad.

    The more recent models may have a slightly higher limit, but I doubt it's significantly faster.
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  3. SocalRob

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    I had a 2010 cam head standard GS at 140 indicated at it was still pulling.

    My 2007 GSA absolute top speed is 122 by GPS.
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  4. DieselFxr

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    118 as indicated by GPS multiple times this summer on a fully loaded 2013gsa speedo was showing around 135
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  5. bauerboy

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    Get a smaller screen to get behind and remove the racks for a bit of weight savings. Could stand to lose some poundage myself.

    130 would be cool but prob a big ask.
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    Should be higher. My 122 on the old hex head was with top box only, screen in a low position, and me layed out on the tank as tucked as possible, and a long flat road in West Texas.

    A Camhead should beat that by a good margin.
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  7. DieselFxr

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    Agreed this was with around 102 degrees air temp screen lowered me setting up right, BMW aluminum panniers, big duffel bag and crash bar bags. Basically a big brick going down the road.

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  8. SocalRob

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    You gotta tuck in, only one hand on the bars to hold the throttle open, chin on the tank, peering over the gauges.

    It adds a good 10mph to the sensation.
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  9. JetSpeed

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    My 2013 GSW had a top speed of 137 MPH (GPS) when I first got it, about a year later the bike's top speed dropped to just 126 MPH regardless of cases or not and anything else, I believe that at some point after buying the bike BMW installed a software update that reduced the top speed.
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  10. Byrdguy

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    120 indicated on my 2010 Camhead with the medium CeeBailey shield, and vario side cases. Just tucked behind the shield. I think it had more left, I'll find out without the cases.
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    Are the camheads limited like the water cooled engines?
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  12. bauerboy

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    Can the final gearing be changed on these without a complete final drive swap? Similar to changing a sprocket?
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  13. bauerboy

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    What are the water boxers limited to?
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    It will not go over 8,000 rpm in 6th.
    (mine won't anyhow...it definitely stops accelerating bags/no bags/etc. will hold that no problem but will not go over 8k)
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    MY 2014 GSW definitely goes over 8k in 6th. 8k is around 132mph GPS. I did test my max speed a couple of times back when it was almost new and then years/miles later. Each time it would not break 135. Vario bags off or on. Then one day decided to try with TC off. That's when we hit the 140 (Closed course, do not try this at home, YMMV).
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    My 2010 GSA did 125mph with K60s and the panniers in place. I felt it had more but I was running out of corn fields across Kansas in rapid sucession. That little event was validated by one of the local highway police. He let me go with a ticket stating I was going 95mph. Cost me 3 points on my license, a defensive driving course aND a sizeable fine $$$.
    Running for very long at triple digits can get expensive! My 14' GSA will run faster but I won't admit to that.
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  19. SocalRob

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    Depends on the state. A hundred plus ticket in Texas is but a fraction of the cost of one in CA. DAMHIK.:lol3

    edit - I try exceptionally hard to make 95mph my top speed in CA. A 100+ ticket here is pretty close to being as harsh as a DUI from what I understand regarding insurance.

    It also has a license suspension and other negative stuff. Back in the day I hired an attorney who got my 110mph CA ticket dismissed. Attorney fee of $3K (Sherman Ellison, Traffic Attorney, used to have a 100% win rate), which was a bargain against the potential problems. And for the record, never had a DUI and am using it for comparison only.

    I got a 100+ ticket in Texas and it was about $500 in fines, with no reporting to insurance company. Negotiated that with the Justice of the Peace by myself. IIRC, a good part of that $500 was a "CA resident" addon tax.:lol3
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