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post #11 of 26 Old 12-01-2019, 11:16 AM
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"You mean my 650 has 6 gears?"

Yeah, the new bikes come with gear indicators for those of us that can't count. https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/...20150116064552
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I like 6k+. Higher for steep grades. engine is just purring and you have a bit of throttle response without need of downshifting. I mostly ride back country roads.

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5250 rpm for mathematical purity.
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I like 6k+. Higher for steep grades. engine is just purring and you have a bit of throttle response without need of downshifting. I mostly ride back country roads.
This too, thx

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I've never been one to pay attention, but being these are sport bike based v-twin engines......let em rev.

Thx, Big B...I’ll do that

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At 60mph in top gear with OEM gearing your bike should be revving at just under 5,000rpm and you need at least 5,000rpm to move smartly away in top gear. It's a safety thing to get away from a potentially dangerous situation (like when a tintop crowds you).
Lower gears are easier but at least 4,000 rpm. As Big B says, they like to rev, and do not like to be lugged. HD's they are not.

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Based on the Owners Manual shift points, you should be OK cruising at the shift point speed or above. Though to minimize shifting every time that you drop a little in speed, I find it best to cruise in the 3,000 to 4,000 rpm range. Riding in higher rpm’s is fun and has its advantages, but then that is not what I consider “cruising”.
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Wow, in 6th at 37mph. Grandma wouldn't ride that slow.
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Rider Magazine states 4400 indicated rpm in 6th @60mph for a 2017 DL650 The motor is happiest at anything above ~3800 rpm to about ~82-8300 rpm regardless of gear or speed. Anything below is lugging, lotta hammering of the seat and thighs. Above is just noise, not much power left.

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Based on the Owners Manual shift points, you should be OK cruising at the shift point speed or above.
More garbage from the owners manual. Shift into top at 60 km/hr?
I consider that to be lugging the motor. It is just not happy accelerating in top at such low rpm's.

And speed does matter. Higher speed = more wind resistance.
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