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I rode together with a friend of mine, and we compared speedo readings. His old BMW 800 GS read 160 km/h when my GPS adjusted speedo read 140 km/h.

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Back in '65 my fire-breathing 1958 XLCH (1 of 4 sold in IL) Sportster turned the 1/4 mi at 12.36 coming thru the traps at around 105. It was 12.5:1 comp, Sifton 5-cycle cams, Jerry Branch heads, bored DL Linkert with 9x butterfly, extended straights, According to my speedo with a 21 countershaft sprocket it would top in the mid 130's, but I couldn't look at it enough with everything dancing around and my face flapping like a flag. Disbelieve or not - I don't really care, but that's what happened then.

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50 year old speedo's are not accurate indicators. (if they ever were)

They are just an approximation at legal speeds, the faster you go the greater the error.

You can use the mile markers to check your Odometer and a stop watch to check the speed. 60 seconds for a mile is 60 MPH.....
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Put it in nuetral.



When the wheel bearings start smoking. You will quit wondering.

Edit: I think back in my USMC days. Gravity out of chopper will accell you to 175 MPH.
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Is it not still 322,870 MPH ?

We would probably have to specify where and what before we could really determine top speed.

Because that figure, 322.870 MPH, was done at Bonneville that bike could potentially be a lot faster at sea level (or below).

And it was done with two engines, not one.

So are we talking about full on race engines or a stock engine. (I kinda assumed stock).

But if so, which one. Some years were faster than others. Who is riding the bike and where and under what conditions ?

In "The Old Days" we were impressed by anything that could "Do the Ton".

A 1976 Sportster will do that but a 1976 Triumph would not.
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That 322 mph was two shovelhead engines ridden by a Sportster rider Dave Campos! IF they would have had more time and more tires, and more nitro they could have gone faster! Still a record 29 years later!
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I thought the Shovel engines were used as "ballast" to stabilize the Stream-liner and it was powered by Sportster engines ?
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10.22 @ 142 at Famoso last years last street scene.was hopin to get in the 9.0s
over 150s this year with some changes I've done since my last wreck but then the phoney flu hit...……………..
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The 322 record is no longer the fastest record because turbocharged bikes have gone faster! But it is still the fastest normally aspirated motorcycle!
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