Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Corona De Tucson, AZ
The 1100 engine is designed to run higher RPM. It is a short stroke motor, not like a Harley or Road Star. That is why the "little" 1100 can usually blow by many of those other "big" bikes at highway speeds even though they are turning slightly higher RPM's. Some engines make their power low in the RPM range (long stroke motors) and some make it on the upper end (short stroke motors). It's like comparing an indy car to a dragster. Both are great, it just depends on where you want the power.
On the 1100 you are turning about 4200 RPM in 5th at 75 MPH. The stock red line is about 6200 so you've got a LOT more left than you might think. With pods and exhaust on mine, I don't mind the long freeway rides at all....
As far as a gear change.....good luck. We've not found anything on the shelf to work and we've dabbled at looking since 1999. If you need to have low RPM's to be happy, the 1100 isn't your bike.
Sick Mick* 2006 V Star 1100 Custom
--- Striping, lettering and paint by Sick Mick – 6* Tree - 2" extended forks – 21" front wheel - HK Sideburners - Progressive rear shock – Pods – Sick Mick solenoid delete - Spring seat - and other stuff