Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Fresno aka Shake & Bake California
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Motorcycles originally did not have tachometers or even speedometers. OMG how on earth could someone actually ride such an unruly beast?
The same way the pilots flew the first airplanes....by the seat of their pants. Unlike a car, motorcycles are very much a seat of the pants kind of machine. Kinda like the old "Little Honda" song: "First gear, it's all right Second gear, I'll lean right Third gear, hang on tight Faster, it's all right."
So to answer the question "What RPM Should I Be driving in for Each Gear?" the short answer is whatever feels right. There is enough potential for disaster while riding a bike without staring at the tach waiting for the magic time to shift number to appear.
Learn a lesson form Goldie Lox and the 3 bears. This one is too hot, this one is too cold, this one is just right. Listen to and feel your bike cuz it will tell you when you are in the RPM (just right) happy zone.
Both ends of the RPM range (Lugging and rev limiter) should be avoided as they can be detrimental to the health of your engine. You can easily identify both of these by the seat of your pants, hands, and ears. In the lugging zone the engine will feel slow to accelerate, rough (low frequency vibration) and not sound right.
On the high end of the RPM range the torque and acceleration will begin to drop off until you hit the rev limiter and your engine will sound like a bunch of angry bee's.
In the happy zone your little Versys will respond quickly with smooth acceleration, plus feel and sound like a sewing machine.
I grew up riding and racing dirt bikes. These bikes did not have a tach or speedo so everything was seat of the pants. Today when I ride I rarely look at the tach or speedo, unless there are Poe in the area...Lol.
The best way to learn when to shift is PRACTICE. Find an empty stretch of road and explore the low and high ends of the RPM range in each gear, so you can readily identify those RPM areas to avoid. Now when you hop on the bike you will know where the RPM happy zone is without having to look at the tach and before long it will become second nature.
Hope this helps. Have fun and ride safe.
Cookin Wid Gas
2015 V-650 of course it's green...it's a Kazawalski.
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