Shifting speeds: Manual vs real life
I now have 1000 miles on my 650, and have developed what speeds "I" think the bike should be shifted at. They are all considerably higher than what the manual says.
I'll just talk about the one that made me question things:
SHIFTING INTO 6TH GEAR. To me, shifting into 6th gear (and keeping a constant speed) is to be done in the high 50's...but even better if it's done in the 60+ mph range. And I see the manual says 34mph. I think the manual is crazy. I've never even tried the bike that way. The bike really struggles at lower rpms (down in the 2000-3000 range). Granted, I will admit the bike is smoother in these lower rpms than when I bought it, but I still wouldn't want to run the bike that low.
When I got the bike (2018 model...new) it had an unpleasant vibration around 4-4.5k. That has smoothed out, but if you go down to 2-3000k..it's still there.
For all the other gears, I feel the bike should be at a higher speed than what the manual says. Heck, going 25mph....I keep it in 3rd..and I consider that the bottom. (ok, maybe 24-23mph)