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Bought it as a commuter to replace a 2001 Rebel. Denver area is a great place to ride a bike. I ended up here looking for info re changing the stock gearing. 9000 RPM's at 75mph! On a slightly different note, the owner's manual says don't exceed 4000 rpm's for something like 500miles!? In 6th gear, that's 33 mph. The engine is not even smooth under 4000 rpms. I am going to search for practical break-in procedures next.
 

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Bought it as a commuter to replace a 2001 Rebel. Denver area is a great place to ride a bike. I ended up here looking for info re changing the stock gearing. 9000 RPM's at 75mph! On a slightly different note, the owner's manual says don't exceed 4000 rpm's for something like 500miles!? In 6th gear, that's 33 mph. The engine is not even smooth under 4000 rpms. I am going to search for practical break-in procedures next.

Yep they pretty much say 4000 RPMs whether it is a 250cc or a 2000cc bike. Makes no sense. Do some brake in drills and call it a day.

I would look at the torque curve before you decide to change the gearing. You get the RPMs too low and you won't have enough power to push through the wind.
 

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Dont worry about that 4000rpm break in limit its a liability move by manufacturers.

Interesting test by Motorcyclist LINK
 
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Bought it as a commuter to replace a 2001 Rebel. Denver area is a great place to ride a bike. I ended up here looking for info re changing the stock gearing. 9000 RPM's at 75mph! On a slightly different note, the owner's manual says don't exceed 4000 rpm's for something like 500miles!? In 6th gear, that's 33 mph. The engine is not even smooth under 4000 rpms. I am going to search for practical break-in procedures next.
I broke in all THREE of my V650s by this method, on the ride home from the dealer, then changed the oil/ filter:

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power
 

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I broke in all THREE of my V650s by this method, on the ride home from the dealer, then changed the oil/ filter:

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power
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I read this yesterday! Good to hear some confirmation. It made perfect sense to me. Except for the oil change, that is basically what I did. I took it out and rode it not too hard. Next thing I am going to do is change the oil :)
 
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