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Hey all, just polling your street speed and rpm indications. Your participation appreciated and thanks in advance.


-- Joseph (, June 09, 2004


Yo! My top speed so far with my MV upgraded cans is 285kph at about 9K rpm ++ (est.). I never really checked the rpm 'coz I'd rather keep my eye on the road instead.......

-- AJ (, June 09, 2004.

City street speed limit in AZ is 45 mph. I do about 50mph to 60mph and keep it at 3-5K rpm in 5th or 6th for modest scooting around.

I'll keep in in 3rd or 4th at 5-8K if I feel I need some power in that range. Rarely do more than 8K on city streets.

-- Allan Gibbs (Phoenix, AZ) (, June 09, 2004.

I generally zing around at about 8000-9000rpm....right in the middle of the power band. If I am just cruising, then about 5000rpm.

-- Dave (, June 09, 2004.

Hey guys - if you spend too much of your time running round at 5000 rpm and below you will glaze the bores, and they will burn oil. It's actually better for your engine to work hard. I'm not saying bounce it off the limiter in every gear all day long (hello Mr Bridger!), just some of the time you should be using 'all the revs'.

-- Mark M (, June 10, 2004.

How often is often for using all the revs? dailey, weekly, bi- weekly, monthly?

-- Joseph (, June 10, 2004.

Joeseph, It all depends on how much and what type of riding you do. If you are commuting or just running errands around town, you should take it out at least monthly for a shake down. This means at least 9-10 range. The more often you putz it, the more you are going to "blow it out". One of the problems with the old Fiat cars was that they were short shifted like you would a Chevy in the 3500 rpm range. This caused the cranks to break in the small Italian cars since they were not designed to run at low rpms. The MV was probably not intended to be constantly above 10 but it was made to run hard, as long as the service is maintained. I had a friend who had a 748 Ducati for two years. After a couple of weeks of owning mine, I complained about the 11,500 rev limiter. He did not even know there was one. It is not that I beat my machines, however, they were purpose built. They are desined to be ridden hard, as this is one of the benefits of the Italian passion. If you are not comfortable with pushing it, you might want to consider taking one of the riders schools or do a tack day or two. This would give you a chance to improve your skills and learn what the MV is really made of. I hope that this is helpful.

-- Cali-Kane (, June 10, 2004.

I agree.......the MV is engineered to be ridden hard. NOT abused....but ridden. That means it's OK to hitt he rev limiter every once in a while...even many times a single outing...but then I take it easy for a couple weeks.

The F4 doesn't even come alive until 7000 rpm....and then the heart really starts pumping around 8000 and above.


-- Dave (, June 11, 2004.

Yo! The MV powerband is at about 7500rpm, and yes it picks up fast even before you hit the 8000rpm mark. It was really meant to run fast, and is very happy on the track......

-- AJ (, June 15, 2004.

How often to run the engine to the limit?

Well it's not something you can schedule - as in daily/weekly etc.

If when you are riding it (quickly) you work on keeping the revs over 8K, in order to do this you will need to take it much higher up the range as it will drop back on up changes. Likewise when you brake you should be changing down to keep the revs up. This is what the engine was designed to do, it actually wants to work for a living, it's a sports bike!

What won't do it much good is Wheelies/Stoppies as you are asking the cycleparts to do stuff that it wasn't designed for. Riding arround just above tickover is just as bad for the engine appart from being a waste and missing the whole point of this type of bike (it aint a HD).

These bikes are for blasts on twisty roads and playing out on track, I also commute on mine but thats 20 miles each way on country roads not overheating in city traffic.

-- Mark M (, June 15, 2004.

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