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Old 04-28-2016, 09:18 AM   #1
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What is minimum top speed for Houston main highways?

I drive 290 and Beltway 8 and I10 everyday. On road at 5 AM. Flow of traffic can be 75-80mph on 290 and Belt8 on many mornings. I haven't commuted to work yet with bike cuz I just don't think it has the Hp. It's an Honda NC700x with about 50 hp and mine max's out at ~90mph and takes a bit to get there. Not sure I'll have enough power to get around or out of situations if need be. Thinking of getting bigger bike. Maybe I'm just a wuss and overthinking it. Otherwise it's a great bike for other riding and not getting rid of it.

What do you feel would be a minimum top speed for these roads?

(I've seen bikes occasionally at that time in morning and they are usually hauling - over 85mph. I know afternoons are much more congested and has slower flows so not so worried about those times.)
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the min is what doesnt get your run over and what doesnt impeded other drives and make it unsafe
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Pretty sure the minimum is at leat 15 mph under suggested limit

So if speed limit is 55 you must be able to get to 40

The suggested limit is 65 on the belt. If you are feeliing too slow get out of the left lane.

A bigger bike could help get you out of situations for sure, but at no point is 90mph legal in the state of Texas so your bike should be enough.
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I drive 290 and Beltway 8 and I10 everyday. On road at 5 AM. Flow of traffic can be 75-80mph on 290 and Belt8 on many mornings. .)

Dam, I need to get up earlier!!! Oh wait that's right, gotta take kids to school first.
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I drive 290 and Beltway 8 and I10 everyday. On road at 5 AM. Flow of traffic can be 75-80mph on 290 and Belt8 on many mornings. I haven't commuted to work yet with bike cuz I just don't think it has the Hp. It's an Honda NC700x with about 50 hp and mine max's out at ~90mph and takes a bit to get there. Not sure I'll have enough power to get around or out of situations if need be. Thinking of getting bigger bike. Maybe I'm just a wuss and overthinking it. Otherwise it's a great bike for other riding and not getting rid of it.

What do you feel would be a minimum top speed for these roads?

(I've seen bikes occasionally at that time in morning and they are usually hauling - over 85mph. I know afternoons are much more congested and has slower flows so not so worried about those times.)
I was commuting on a CB500F for about a year. I felt vulnerable at times, but I'd think a 700 would be good enough. If Stubbs hadn't placed a sign with a killer price on the CB1000R, I'd probably still be commuting on the 500.
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Unless you're morbidly obese, you should be more than fine. My Ninja 300 is adequate on the highway. It has 35 HP, 20 ft-lbs torque, 0-60 mph in about 6 seconds, and tops out around 110 mph. It weighs about 390 lbs wet, and it's only weakness is lack of passing power from 60-80.

The left lane speeds are ridiculous here. As long as you stay out of it, you'll be good commuting. Your Honda has 50 HP, 50 ft-lbs, and weighs about 100 lbs more than my Ninja. That is plenty for any motorway in the States. If 290's left lane is 75-85, then the middle and right are 65-75. You're being a wuss. :P
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have seen scooters on i-10, i ride a 650 strom, an nc700 should be fine. Depending on what side of town you may be able to take the HOV lane which is less stressful. I use the i-10 HOV lane from Fry road. As you probably have learned or heard, keep you head on swivel, pay attention to what is following you.
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I rode my CBR250 daily down 290 for a year and a half rain or shine. After the sprocket swap, with my fat on it, getting it over 70mph is a struggle. I still swap between riding it and the Interceptor.
You should be fine. Just get used to being passed instead of doing the passing.
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Hi neighbor

I had almost the exact same commute. 8 @ 290 to 10 to 45 to 59. About the same exact time too.

It was the primary use I had for the motorcycle.

One of the reason I sold it was due to the safety risk if that tells you anything. That stretch on I10 is especially sketchy. You will want to be doing about 80 coming off the HOV on ramp right there and for a good few miles until things settle. Youŕe going to be your pants most of the time wondering if at any given second a car that is within 10ft of you on all four sides might cut into you.
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Unless you're morbidly obese, you should be more than fine. My Ninja 300 is adequate on the highway. It has 35 HP, 20 ft-lbs torque, 0-60 mph in about 6 seconds, and tops out around 110 mph. It weighs about 390 lbs wet, and it's only weakness is lack of passing power from 60-80.

The left lane speeds are ridiculous here. As long as you stay out of it, you'll be good commuting. Your Honda has 50 HP, 50 ft-lbs, and weighs about 100 lbs more than my Ninja. That is plenty for any motorway in the States. If 290's left lane is 75-85, then the middle and right are 65-75. You're being a wuss. :P
I am a small guy and I had to hump mine to get it to go an indicated 100 (so actually less), down hill, with a tail wind.

Commuting on the 300 was a chore because it had no to accelerate above 65mph, which made navigating traffic sometimes a chore. I like to have a little more on tap in case I need it.
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All I have to say is if your maxed out at 90mph you had better stay out of the left lane and your best protection is in the far left and far right lanes.
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A bigger bike could help get you out of situations for sure, but at no point is 90mph legal in the state of Texas so your bike should be enough.
90mph is my solo cruising speed , but remember kid...... You gots to pay to play , just ask fresnal how many speeding tickets he's had to handle for me
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I am a small guy and I had to hump mine to get it to go an indicated 100 (so actually less), down hill, with a tail wind.

Commuting on the 300 was a chore because it had no to accelerate above 65mph, which made navigating traffic sometimes a chore. I like to have a little more on tap in case I need it.
I remember when you WOULDN'T hump it past 70mph , now look at you speed racer.... You've grown up way too fast
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Oh. I wasnt speaking for myself. I have an R1 to go over 90*




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Well, if you are on SH130, then 90mph would slide... I've passed Troopers doing 95mph on that stretch with no quarrels.
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Well, if you are on SH130, then 90mph would slide... I've passed Troopers doing 95mph on that stretch with no quarrels.
Hmmm. my experience on that road is to not go a mile over the limit. They feel letting you go 85 should be good enough.
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I've had the truck at the limiter of 98 on SH130 and troopers go right on by
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