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post #1 of 18 Old 10-06-2016, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a 'sweet spot' that I should be aiming. I'll be honest this is my first bike in a few years that has a tach and it's my first non cruiser since the ninja 650 I started on in 2012. Where is your 'sweet spot' while riding? I'm finding I keep mine between 3500 and 4k but wasn't sure if that was too low for the bike. I feel like a major noob with this type of question.
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-06-2016, 05:53 PM
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For me with the 15 tooth front sprocket, it floats along beautifully at 5K/5.5Krpm close to 70 mph.
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Greg- He has a newer 1000, not a 650.

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Just below 4k will give you the best gas mileage, bike is happy too. Too low and it bogs, too high is fun but mileage drops considerably.
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Greg- He has a newer 1000, not a 650.


Yeah I did some searching but all the threads seemed to focus on the 650 and not the newer 1000.


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Is there a 'sweet spot' that I should be aiming. I'll be honest this is my first bike in a few years that has a tach and it's my first non cruiser since the ninja 650 I started on in 2012. Where is your 'sweet spot' while riding? I'm finding I keep mine between 3500 and 4k but wasn't sure if that was too low for the bike. I feel like a major noob with this type of question.
That's a fair question. I think that you'll find that there is not a one size fits all answer.
The overriding decision is how may MPH you want to ride at a give time and specific circumstance. On a straight flat road, by yourself, with no need to rapidly accelerate the bike is happy to loaf along at just under 3000 RPM. On inclines or in the twisties or traffic you can just shift down so the engine is at that point where throttle response is readily at hand (right hand), say 4000 -4200. The upper range is about anything you want, no wrong answer.
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Mine has an increased vibration around 4200, so I try to avoid spending much time there, and typically don't let it get much below 2500 or so. Usually the bike will let you know if it's not happy, like if you're at 2000 and want to pass in a hurry.

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With experience and trials he will find the sweet spot. I don't have the power the 1000 has.
Sometimes I'm cruising along and realize I'm still in a lower gear. Gotta try shifting up!
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My thousand is older, but very similar. I like the 3500-4500 range on back roads if I'm not being sporty. Some highways call for mid 4,000s at cruising speed, like 80 mph. Don't worry about over revving the engine. It will turn 8,000 all day long. When riding for sport, feel free to use the rev limiter as your shift indicator. You won't hurt it. Of course, it's about done, power-wise around 9000 so you really don't need that last thousand RPM. When I first got mine, I was concerned about the RPMs because it revved so much higher than my previous single. I have become adapted to the higher strung engine and feel it's really at home in the 4,000s. Generally, it's not good to apply a lot of throttle at real low RPM, like under 3,000. My 2 cents worth.
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Mine seems sweet from 3k to 5200. i rode it 500 miles twice in the last 4 days. One day was 350 miles in pouring rain from Hurricane Matthew. I rode many miles between 75 and 85mph on Rt 81. Bike was in its element. Right around 90 some slight buzz was noticable. I was very impressed. Bike felt relaxed
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