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    Iv been having a friendly argument with a mate with regards to hitting the Rev limiter. Heís adamant that doing so will cause the engine to explode or summit whereas Iím more inclined to think itís there to stop the engine revving to the point of damaging itself.
    Whilst Iv never been one to ride to the point of hitting the limiter on a regular basis there are times that it does happen.
    I just canít see the point of having a rev limit that will still cause damage if you reach it.

    So opinions on whoís right me or him, or both.
     
     

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    I thought anywhere in red on the dial means continued running at that speed would cause damage. So the odd blip up into it is no issue, but wouldnít want to be there all day on the motorway.. site there must be some videos of people seeing how long a car will last at full revs...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GezTheHealer View Post
    I thought anywhere in red on the dial means continued running at that speed would cause damage. So the odd blip up into it is no issue, but wouldn’t want to be there all day on the motorway.. site there must be some videos of people seeing how long a car will last at full revs...
    I thought the same. Now looking forward to someone sourcing an over revving car video...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger-Roy View Post
    Iv been having a friendly argument with a mate with regards to hitting the Rev limiter. Heís adamant that doing so will cause the engine to explode or summit whereas Iím more inclined to think itís there to stop the engine revving to the point of damaging itself.
    Whilst Iv never been one to ride to the point of hitting the limiter on a regular basis there are times that it does happen.
    I just canít see the point of having a rev limit that will still cause damage if you reach it.

    So opinions on whoís right me or him, or both.
    I'd say you are, while there is a red portion of the rev counter any sustained running with the revs in there can cause damage, however temporary ventures into it should not cause damage (unless the engine is fooked anyway) and certainly the factory set rev limiter will kick in long before any damage is likely to occur even if the throttle is on the stop but again not designed for sustained use, eg: stationary with the throttle pinned.
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    Thanks for the opinions people.
    itís nice to be right for a change .
     
     

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    You get my vote too Badger

    You should occasionally work an engine hard i think.
    To help keep it free.

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    It's good to give an engine a good workout now and again
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    Agree engines occasionally need to be woken up...
     
     

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    Depends on the bike.

    Modern Japanese bike, fine when I had a 400 that was bounced off the limiter from cold in the first couple of gears many times daily for 2 years.

    Enfield bullet or similar, not so fine. I think I left Trevs burning oil after bouncing it off what I thought was the limiter a handful of times keeping up with him on his x7.
     
     

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