What speeds do you generally shift up on a 650?
First off, I do realize shifting up is supposed to be based on RPMs and not speed. But obviously there is no tachometer.
I just got the bike last Saturday and the only bike I've rode before was a Honda Rebel in the MSF class. We only went up to 2nd gear and max speeds of like 18-20 mph in the class.
I was shocked at the super low speeds given in the Yamaha manual for shifting.
I think it says 3rd gear at 15 mph, 4th at 20 mph, and 5th at 25 mph.
Are these supposed to be minimums? I'm wondering if this advice is just for a highway on-ramp. Or should I really be in 5th gear on a 35 mph road?
I saw that the manual also says to try not to open the throttle wide for long periods of time for the first 1,000 miles. Is shifting at such low speeds part of a strategy for keeping RPMs down?
Last edited by Kyle76; 05-29-2014 at 04:57 PM.