I was following a thread on another forum and the topic of shift points came up. I had always heard it didn't make much sense to rev past point of maximum hp, about 8,800 rpm on the Versys. Turns out it is more complicated. What counts it torque and torque multiplication. For instance, torque multiplication in first is 2.438 while in second it is 1.714. Turns out there is no place that the torque to the wheel in second is equal to the torque to the wheel in first so it pays to run 1st all the way to redline even though you are past the peak. In second this is not the case as torque in 3rd equal torque in 2nd at about 9,500. In third the point is 9,200 and fourth around 9,000.
Sometimes it is not the fastest bike but the fastest rider who wins.