Stuck in 2nd
Greetings…I’ve been reading this forum for several weeks, but this is my first post.
I’m very new to riding…completed a MSF course on Halloween…purchased a 2003 Vee the day after Thanksgiving.
Now I’ve read the warnings that the Vee is too much bike for new riders, but there were two factors that compelled me to make this purchase. One is that I’m 6’6” 220lbs and every other bike that I sat on felt too small. I just couldn’t get past my knees being higher than the gas tank, or the feeling that my head is almost to the front wheel. The Vee just feels great in comparison. The other factor is that I first sat on a new Wee (which is when I knew that I wanted a V Strom), but a new bike for my first was out of the question. However, I was able to find a used Vee in southern Wisconsin that was in my price range, so I bought it.
Anyway, my points are that the size of the V Strom actually makes me feel more comfortable and secure and also that maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about because I really don’t have the experience. Just needed to get that off my chest.
To my questions …
The weather here in Chicagoland has not been cooperative with my new motorcycle purchase. Two days after I brought her home we got snow. And, there has been snow and ice on the roads until this last weekend when the temperature rose and it rained. That cleared the way for a ride yesterday.
Yesterday was only my third ride which consisted of ~2 hours of riding on 30 to 40 mph suburban roads along Chicago’s north shore. I have read that keeping the rpm over 4000 is the natural engine speed, but this requires that I run is 2nd gear much of the time. Is that what I should be doing? I have driven manual transmission cars for 10 years and would never leave them in 2nd gear for extended periods.
The second, and more critical question, is with regard to a problem that I’m having shifting from 2nd to 3rd. This doesn’t happen all of the time, but often enough. I’ll be riding in 2nd in traffic and when I have a chance to accelerate and need to shift up to 3rd the gear won’t shift. The engine will disengage when I pull the clutch, I pull up on the shifter, engage the engine and the rpm go back to where it was. I think that I may be jamming the gears when I shift from 1st to 2nd or something like that, but I’m not sure. If I down shift to 1st and then go back up to 3rd the bike will run in 3rd. The issue seems to happen when riding in 2nd for a while and then shifting up to 3rd. Any advice on how to remedy this problem will be greatly appreciated.