All 600s with stock gearing about the same, 165mph.
Funny you know, my '97 GSXR600 got tested with a top speed of 165. Today's 600s in the shootouts are all testing around the same. I think they just get there quicker. Stock gearing and brute hp limits 600s to about this number, and it never seems to change much.
"Keep yer feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked."
I like to use the Sport Rider numbers because they are available online. They are pretty conservative on top speed. I don't think they ever tested a 600 that would do 160. The new ZX-6R will probably change that slightly.
Top Speeds from Performance Bikes Magazine in the UK for the 600's were all around 161. something. I believe the ZX-6R was 161.4 if memory serves me correctly, only bike in that test that did not break into the 160's was Honda, high 150's was all it would pull.
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People have told me that when they get to the max speed they still feel the bike pulling. I haven't brought it up there so I don't know. Is it possible that if you hold it long enough it will slowly go up a little?
Yes, it will go up slowly as you reach top speed. Also, aerodynamics plays a big part so as you adjust your riding position and get everything tucked in your speed will go up a little. Where I live there are lots of roads with little or no traffic, straight as an arrow just beggin'.
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