Our V2 is smooooth, though I reckon the idle could be increased a bit,its only got 3700ks on it so 2nd service coming up.I.ll mention it then.
Re the gearing, yes it is tall but the max torque is at 4500 rpm so - quite low. I agree riding in 5th "feels" right on the highway -we ride 2 up so have extra weight , not much
and wind resistance. I,ve gotten used to it and sometimes leave the bike in 5th depending on the conditions.Changing the gearing would achieve the same thing at highway speeds but you would never get anywhere in the lower gears acceleration wise, as it is, the V2 has short legs when accelerating due to its narrow power band (max hp at 6500rpm) compared to our previous SV1000, I find I need more gears to accelerate rapidly rather than just "rolling it on"
Additionally changing the gearing will stuff up the (already optimistic) speedo.
So far the lower gears have been suited to low speed riding with a pillion ,ie "soft roads", should we find first too tall as we do more off road riding I,d go +2 on the rear sprocket. This will help the lower gears and increase rpm by maybe 4-rpm in 6th? then its GPS/memory or speedo healer time, to correct the speedo error
Paul and Dixie and our V2
DL1000A 2015. SW-Motec crash bars and skid plate,Givi Airflo screen,Givi rear Hugger,Factory low seat,Barkbusters with Storm guards,Factory Tank Protector, Factory centre stand,RadGuard Radiator Guard,home made top box adaptor plate with poverty top box,Factory hard panniers,Zumo390LM,TKC70's,windshield lowered 50mm with custom mounting plates,motopressor tyre inflator,Virgins breath in the tyres,Barrett exhaust,AWESOME rider and pillion.