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post #11 of 15 Old 08-01-2019, 11:38 AM
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wow you guys keep the revs up, i'm usually around 3000rpm

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wow you guys keep the revs up, i'm usually around 3000rpm
I learned to ride in the 5 boroughs of N.Y. back in the 70's and then spent some years as a bike being my only means of transport outside of mass transit.

I got in the habit of keeping the rpm's on the twitchy side because I found a quick twist of the wrist got me out of as many issues as did the brakes.

Your crossing a wide intersection in Brooklyn at 2 am and realize the guy coming from your left is not even going to slow down for the red light having some power at the ready was a God send!

Long time ago but still if I am not watching the tach and just riding by ear I find myself on the vee up around 4800. If I am riding on some of the more empty desert roads and think about it then 4000 is more comfortable but does indeed feel weird to me.

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I learned to ride in the 5 boroughs of N.Y. back in the 70's and then spent some years as a bike being my only means of transport outside of mass transit.

I got in the habit of keeping the rpm's on the twitchy side because I found a quick twist of the wrist got me out of as many issues as did the brakes.

Your crossing a wide intersection in Brooklyn at 2 am and realize the guy coming from your left is not even going to slow down for the red light having some power at the ready was a God send!

Long time ago but still if I am not watching the tach and just riding by ear I find myself on the vee up around 4800. If I am riding on some of the more empty desert roads and think about it then 4000 is more comfortable but does indeed feel weird to me.
interesting, I had dirt bikes and atv's as a kid but came to motorcycles from driving cars. I didn't ride on the street until I was early 30's and at that point I hadn't been on a dirt bike since about 16. Maybe that's why I tend to keep the RPM's down!

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4k feels like the sweet spot, the bike can handle nearly anything from that point, but I'll go to 5k if I've gotta hold speed up a long hill, and I'll stay at 6k if I'm trying to have fun on a twisty road.

3k works ok for easy rides but it feels like the motor struggles if I accelerate with anything more than a very gentle twist of the throttle.

I'm also pretty sure I get close to redline on some of the short highway ramps I use, but I'm not looking at the tach in that situation.

The motor is fantastic, it just works without any fuss and I mix up my riding style all the time and still have a 56mpg average over 10,000 miles!
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must be me not used to riding bike, this is my first one with 1 year exp. I switch gear when I'm around 5k, habit with my car to keep the rpm around 3-3.5k both for noise and fuel efficiency
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