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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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5th gear

When do you guys shift into 5? It's supposed to be an overdrive gear, right? I find that shifting into below 55 mph cause some heavy vibration and engine lugging.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 10:41 AM
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I use it where it feels comfortable and my motor sounds happy.
Coming off a "sport bike" I find that I have to adjust my timing on the shifts and not wind the motor out like I would with my CBR.

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I'm coming from a 900cc vulcan but I know a lot of the bigger displacement engines are designed to run at lower rpms. This bike doesn't seem to be one of them. The optimal shift speeds in the owners manual looked very weird. The downshift for 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear were all 31 mph.
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I shift into 5th anywhere from 55-90. It just depends on the demands required at the time.

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I shift into 5th anywhere from 55-90. It just depends on the demands required at the time.
Similar. My cutoff between 4th and 5th when cruising is right around 60.

Although when merging on the highway, I won't hit 5th until I reach cruising speed or about 80...whichever comes first.

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5th? I wish I had a 6th!!! My R1 spoils me
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One up riding I shift to 5th anywhere from 60 - 65 on up.

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-25-2014, 08:23 PM
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Gear Shifts

My bike seems to prefer to shift to 5th at 50-55 on flats, 60+ on a hill. However each engine, rider, & even altitude can change shifting patterns.
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My bike seems to prefer to shift to 5th at 50-55 on flats, 60+ on a hill. However each engine, rider, & even altitude can change shifting patterns.

Same here 50-55 on the flats closer to 60 on a grade.
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You should only be shifting into 5th at or after 60MPH as indicated on your speedo.

Since your speedo is off 9% or so, even if you shift at 60 in reality you are shifting at a true GPS speed of 55.

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