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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-28-2015, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Around Town RPM's - where is your "sweet spot"?

New 2014 Versys but rider since 1978...I change and add bikes every few years...Just came off a Bolt (too low for fun cornering) and still have a great KLR..

I chose the Versys over the V_Strom for its nimbleness, better town handling, but still long-haul capability...Have 650 miles (1046 km) thus far and am now finding the higher RPM fun zone.

My question: for those that ride around town, back roads, suburban streets say around 30 to 45 mph (48 to 72 kph), what is your sweet spot in RPM's for riding? Not really talking about up/down shifting, just riding the bike through corners and straights as a fairly constant, yet lower, speed.

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4 to 5 k feels about right for me (44 tooth rear)
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Sounds like I'm in the ball park....below 4 makes me nervous to punch it...seems a little low...appreciate the feed back
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My 09 is such a strong pulling bike in any gear, 60 mph on the hwy with out droping a gear and a small twist of the grip it will hit 80 to 90 mph verry quickley, if i drop down to 4th then it will haul azz. 1st gear 10 mph, 2nd 20 mph, 3rd 30 mph, 4th 40 mph, 5th 50mph. 6th 60 mph and above ,, if i am in heavy trafic then i double the rpm just so the cagers will hear me and i have power and rpm`s to evade.
but i agree with BlackDog an Fastoman 4-6k is the fun sweet spot
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Around town I seldom get above 4k.
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Around town I seldom get above 4k.
Do you go below 3k and if so, does it feel like your lugging the bike with a twist of the grip?
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6k is where the mid range cam kicks in, so for splitting lanes in heavy traffic, 6k is a minimum requirement - WWWAAAAAAAAAA!

People generally haul a$$ on LA expressways, so it's for your welfare if you can stay just in front and passing (edging by and not blowing by.) For the most part, they are great drivers compared to other States I've been in. TN might be better drivers, but they don't drive this fast (when the expressways are not jammed up with traffic - quite often, for cars anyway :-)
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At 30 to 45 mph around town, I'm often in 4th or 5th gear, and usually between 2000 and 3000 rpm... It pulls cleanly from just over 1500 rpm (and up to 10500 rpm), but I do have the vacuum hose mod and main throttle sensor adjustment, beside other mods.
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helpful thread

Having had this bike less than 2 weeks, I was wondering the same. Totally different feel than other bikes I've ridden. Seems I loaf around in the lower rpms too much. On the other hand, I don't have far to go to work, and it doesn't take very high rpms or gears to be in the speeding ticket range. Suspiciously, the occasional throttle twist doesn't help gas mileage much either...
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Do you go below 3k and if so, does it feel like your lugging the bike with a twist of the grip?
No. If I need to accelerate quickly, I downshift.
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No. If I need to accelerate quickly, I downshift.
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Around Town RPM's - where is your "sweet spot"?

Almost always downshift below 3K. Never like to lug the bike. I should add that I'm running a 16 T sprocket. That makes a big difference in how low I go.


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The Versys will tolerate rpms below 3K but not with big throttle openings.
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The Versys will tolerate rpms below 3K but not with big throttle openings.
6k or above, it eats up big throttle openings with a grin. If you normally ride 3k or below, you are doing a lot of needless shifting. The name of the game in safety on motorcycles is to get out of the way of cars quickly, and to do that you don't have time to downshift, see if you are in the right gear, downshift again, see if you are in the right gear, ...

TX is the fastest drivers in any State I've been (but I've never been in the NE much above NY.) And they are generally good drivers in TX, but I'm sure you have your multitaskers too (mindless idiots with a wifi device 6" from their nose looking down.)

Statistically speaking, the less you leave to chance, the better off you are. And why not take advantage of the midrange cam almost NO ONE else has? I love it, and even if I'm cheap as dirt, my life and health welfare mean more than 25 cents a day saved in gas. EFI was not made for thumps (single cylinders) or going slow: period. You have the wrong bike in the wrong century for that. The Vs. 650 has a remarkable efi system, BUT it does not have Time-reversal-boots!
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I get a kick out of folks who are always screaming around in 1st or 2nd. And folks wonder why they are getting 40 mpg.
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I like 4-6k rpm, BUT I find my Versys 650 to be extremely buzzy at those RPMs... which is irritates me quite a bit.

Is it just me? Could my engine just be out of tune? Or do you all just enjoy the buzzy engine feel?

(I wish I personally knew another Versys rider here in DC to compare to.)

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Been riding 8 or 9 years, and have owned 8 or 9 bikes; its an addiction I can't quit...
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If I'm just cruising around, 4-5k. If riding more spirited, higher. It will pull below 3k, but it doesn't feel happy there to me.

I don't find my new to me '09 to be buzzy in any way really. However, I've been riding an old XS650 for over 2 decades, so I could be somewhat immune to vibes at this point.

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4 to 5 k feels about right for me (44 tooth rear)
On my '15 - I AGREE, because it does NOT like to be below 3,500 to 4,000 in 6th.

On the '08 (and the "late-lamented" '09......) it ran JUST fine below 4,000 in 6th. And 'pulled' like a "freight-train"...!

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4 to 5k for me as well
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