Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Bremerton, Washington
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.