Dont be in a hurry to see how fast the bike will go. It will run at 80mph easily on the interstate, and the top speed is about 100mph.
When I got my 650 it seemed crazy fast at 55mph for a while. I had that "lets see what she can do" thing going on for the first two weeks. I cranked it out to 70 on a two lane road and it still had a lot of throttle twist left.
A day later I hit a long straight road and thought "Im gonna hold it WFO till I get to those trees up ahead and see what speed it hits... what is that by those trees? that looks like... crap those are deer.. didnt do it.
A few days later just as I was cresting a hill, I thought, OK Im gonna open it up at the top of this hill and see how quick it accelerates down the other.. and a cop passed me going the other way, just as I was about to crank it hard.
I know they were all a coincidence, but take your time, and dont ride faster than you feel confident that you can counter steer around the bends or stop quickly if you have to.
Practice your countersteering by pushing the grips to push the bike left and right in your lane as you approach a curve in the road. Get yourself setup to be wide going in, on the inside edge in the middle, and wide coming out while you speed up. And practice countersteering while you take curves at a moderate speed to pull the bike to the inside and outside of the curve while you are in it, as if you had to avoid a brick in the road in the middle of the curve.
And practice your braking when you stop and there is no one behind you. Dont do a full panic stop, just stop a little more aggressively than you need to when no one is on your tail. Load up the front brake to get the front shock to lean down, get on the rear brake harder than necessary. You will find the pressure where the rear tire will lock up and skid, hold a rear tire skid till the bike stops. If you let off the rear brake when its skidding the bike can snap straight and throw you off. If the front wheel even hints at skidding, get off the front brake instantly, or you will drop the bike. While the rear tire is skidding, if it starts sliding out to the right turn the handle bars to the right to keep the front tire pointed in the correct direction. When I was a kid we use to skid the back tires on our bikes till they were worn down to the cords. You dont want the motorcycle to whip around and do a 180 on you, steer "into" the skid.
The rear tire locks up and skids much easier than the front tire, because as you load up the front brake and shocks 75% of the weight shifts to the front wheel, so as you practice braking hard you eventually (or quickly) will lock up the rear tire. So you might as well try it going 20mph deliberately and practice handling it, and holding the rear skid till the bike stops.
Also be aware, if you are riding in traffic and there are cars behind you, if you lock up the back tire you still have to hold it locked till the bike stops. If the traffic does not warrant stopping completely, the car behind you will not know why you are stopping, they will not expect it. But its better to stop with the tire skidding than to let off the brake and have the bike throw you off, and drop infront of the car. The driver REALLY wont be expecting that! This is why you practice stopping aggressively when there is no one behind you.
Practice all this every day you ride, when you are just stopping for a stop sign or red light, but you dont have to stop quickly. You will work your way up to a full panic stop, and since you are doing it every day, you will have it when you need it.
100mph will always be there for the interstate when you can see two miles down the empty highway. Get your skills up first.
Last edited by KCW; 02-01-2019 at 06:07 AM.