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Where's Your Sweet Spot?

I'm wondering where people's sweet spot is. What I mean is, what is that RPM number that's central to your shifting and cruising? At what RPM do you tend to shift at? At what RPM do you tend to ride? Varying circumstances, like accelerating onto a highway, will impact on when you shift. But do you have a sweet spot?

Having purchased my V1 late last year, and experiencing a terrible Spring so far, I haven't ridden the bike nearly as much as I'd like. In my short time, I'm leaning towards a 4,000 RPM sweet spot. I tend to shift around 3,500-4,500, and at non-highway speeds cruise around 3,000-4,000 in 4th gear or 5th gear or whatever gear I'm in. During quick acceleration I'll take it up to 6,000 or 7,000 or higher, but generally 3,500-4,500 seems to be where I'm at.

On my Gold Wing (which redlines at 6,000 RPM's), my sweet spot is 3,000. I have no issue taking it up to 5,000-5,500, but I tend to hang out around 2,500-3,500.

I'm interested in other V1 owners. Where's your sweet spot?

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With my 2018 650 I tend to cruise at 4500 rpm. I find that when I hit 4000 rpm I start to feel a lug kick in. I can cruise at that but if I need a quick jolt I'd rather be up in rpm's a little more.
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On my 09 650 I normally cruise in town between 4k-4500, in the canyons I usually run around 5500-6k and 6500 at 80mph on the highway. In town I usually shift around 6k, around 7.5k in the canyons and 9k if going WOT (always found it comical that the 1st gen Versys redlines at 10.5k but power drops off at 9k).
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4000 is where I shift around town.
Im in the wide open desert so lots of interstate travel. 6500 RPM hits me roughly at 82-85MPH (indicated) 7000 hits me at 90MPH. I try to keep my wrist form turning much more than that, on a long trip at 110mph 2 hour shift, my MPG drops to 35. If I keep it in the 85 range I get 45mpg or so.
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I tend to lug around in the lower revs unless I am trying to put down some lap times.

With my V-650 I tend to live in the 3500 to 5500 range most of the time.

When it's time to turn up the wick it's 6000 to 9000 range. Which also happens to be where the motor not only produces the most power but is also the smoothest.

Of course this Rev question is a lot like: "What is your favorite flavor of ice cream." To each his own...Lol.

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I put around town in traffic at roughly 3k-4k. If I see a need to accelerate/pass/slow down I drop at least one gear and procede from there.

I prioritize fuel economy and have noticed that while putzing around between 3-4k I get around 3L/100, whereas at 4-6k I "only" get around 4-5L/100.


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Being the middle-weight, I tend to keep mine a little higher in the rpm band. Around town I'm 5000-5500 before I upshift, on the highway it's 6000 plus before shifting. Not great for fuel economy, but keeps those I ride with (all with liter bikes) in sight, and when alone allows me the peace of mind knowing that I can accelerate fairly hard away from danger without a downshift. The V1 being a liter bike, I'm certain you can keep the rpms much lower than me without issue. If it feels a little sloppy in lower rpms, synchronize your throttle bodies. Did a world of good for my bike.
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I switched to a 16T. And I love it.

I shift when it sounds/feels right and don't much look at the tach.
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6000-9000RPM is the most satisfying part of the power band and hard to stay out of. Much below 4500RPM with any load and the engine is lugging, which is bad for it. In city riding I usually stay above 5K so I have the ability to quickly accelerate if need be. The ability to "point and squirt" is important in metro traffic when you want to quickly and safely change lanes.

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like unstable said i kinda just shift when it feels like it wants to be shifted, if it feels luggy i down shift if not i up shift

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6000-7000RPM is the most satisfying part of the power band and hard to stay out of. Much below 4500RPM with any load and the engine is lugging, which is bad for it. In city riding I usually stay above 5K so I have the ability to quickly accelerate if need be.
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It shifts like butter above that 5500 rpm.
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