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From the gadget page, My 1600 with 10% speedo error shows that
83 MPH indicated (so, 75 true speed) is cruising at 52% or 3,086 RPM.

Is that a "safe" speed on a big v twin for all day long cruising, or will that kind of use decrease engine longevity?

I know on my old KZ or any of my cars, I wouldn't consider that anywhere near too many revs - but this is my first bike of this kind.
 

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Strat Man ... ok, PRS too
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Thanks for the response guys that is a help for me.


I should have asked a different question that really gets to the heart of the matter for others as well ---

For a big v twin with a 5,900 - 6,000 redline, what RPMs range starts to get a little much for an owner who is concerned about long lasting / trouble free riding?
 

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rpm and speed

do not fear, vulcans are made to run hard for long periods, my 2003 nomad 1500 the odo. just turn 100,000 miles, and most of the time i push it hard, my average speed on long trips is 85-95 miles an hour, no problem, as long as you keep a good oil change routine, and on long trips, do check the oil level so that you never run it low, you shouldn't have any problems.
 

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on my 04 1500 classic I ran all day at 3500 rpm, that seemed to be the sweet spot
 

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I know the 900 will run all day at that speed (done it) and im hopeful that the 1600 can keep up with the 9 on the long haul lol
 
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