The 650 motor is very different than a big twin.
It is a revvey motor, but not a buzzy one (like an I-4)
It makes good power, but requires rpms to do so.
Where you tend to ride a big twin in one gear, the 650 likes you to tap dance on the shifter.
Many Buell guys I know "claim" they like the ability to run in one gear and not "have to" shift,
but the reality is shifting these big torque motors tends to be jerky due to the torque and engine braking.
Particularly when reved up a bit. One gear (or limited shifting) running just works best on these bikes.
The 650 smoothly up and down shifts without the drama that big torque motors do, even in the meat of its power band.
Try to ride the 650 in one gear like a big twin and you will be very disappointed.
Ride it the way the engine wants and its fun and rewarding.
Last edited by Ogre_FL; 12-08-2008 at 11:15 AM.