Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Weber County, Utah
Agreed with the others, when you compare the VLX with other bikes in its class (i.e. V Star 650, Shadow 750, Suzuki S40, Suzuki S50/C50, etc) the final gear ratio is pretty much the same. You're not missing much, except extra shifting.
VLX's are fine on the freeway for extended amounts of time. It's just getting over the buzzy feeling (at 70mph, they are only just over half way to redline from what I understand). I've done 70-75mph (about 112-120kph) on the freeway several times, traveling to my sister's house. Three hours of high speed riding in a day each time I go, and I've never seen any ill effects from it except increased fuel consumption. Keep an eye on your oil as well.
You're right. I could die riding my bike. I could also die while driving my cage. I could die while crossing the street. I could die from cancer. I don't live life worrying about what might kill me. I just enjoy life as I see fit.
"The Flying Purple People Eater
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