well i grew up in Philly and to be honest, i would have reservation of driving a enfield on the 76 expressway, east/west riverr drive on a workday, 309. I-95, etc to get back n forth to work everyday . The roads are heavily salted, potholes from hell (typical Pa.)and pissed off cagers. The last place I want to be is a enfield in Philly in the morning rush but hey I'm not 23 either. I think a BMW or Japanese bike would hold up better in that enviorment and be safer Now it would be fun to have to ride to Fairmont park, river road, Roxborough, Norristown, Ambler...The more I think about it, I can see someone driving a enfield on the expressway at 07:30 and having to take a second look to see if my eyes are deceiving me...It would be a serious mistake and the longer you did it the better the chances you' re not going to make it to 25...But hey Cheney needs a new heart..For God sake use your noodle and since u do it anyway on your current machine, do u really think this is the way to go to work everyday.. Not trying to be harsh (well yeah i am) but don't want to see anything bad to happen to you. People don't give a rats ass and u need power to get out of their way...
So I will restate my question: 60-65 miles per hour (about 100-110 km/h) long drives Yea or nay?
Maturin's (hello again) latest post highlights my confusion: Here, on the autobahn of all places he seems to indicate that he is regularly doing 110 to 120 without issue (which more than meets my needs) in stock form I assume, but above, Scot ("Ducati Scotty" ) suggests that sustained ( 40 miles ) at 65 to 70 calls for a bigger bike. Is this just a reflection of personal comfort, or confidence in the machine?
I was thinking about this thread today while doing (an indicated) 65mph against the wind. My C5, now with 1200 miles, didn't have much of any reserve power, just a little more throttle twist and engine noise, but no oomph.Understand that my C5 continues to get more responsive as the miles roll on. But for freeway riding of any serious duration I want more power than 19.5HP or whatever the UCE actually gets at the rear wheel. Also note that the C5's 18-inch wheels and shorter wheelbase make it a little less high-speed stable than the G5. But put the C5 on a secondary road at 45 to 55 and it is in its element where it is most fun and able to get out of trouble easily.
I am becoming increasingly convinced by the posters in this thread that I should get the 18 tooth front sprocket for my G5. Just one question though - and here I expose my ignorance - but what effect will that have on speedo accuracy? For example, does making the gearing 5% taller make the speedo reading 5% less accurate and in which direction? If the speedo overreads by 5% as standard will taller gearing improve the accuracy?
Since your speedo is driven off the front wheel, changing the sprocket won't have any effect on it. If I lived where the roads were flatter I'd order a 19 tooth front sprocket, but where I live the 18 is perfect,