I don't use 5th unless I'm going to maintain OVER 50 mph, like closer to 55. To accelerate from that speed I sometimes downshift to 4th but it's not totally necessary, 4th will scoot you up to 65 maybe a little faster. But yes, anytime I'm going to be doing at least 55 or over for a long period, then 5th gear is fine. I feel 45-50 in 5th is too low for that gear. I've had my 650 for almost 5 years now so I'm used to the way it's geared. Although I still think it could use another gear for cruising the highway at 75+. It'll do it but there isn't much left when you get to those speeds.
Last edited by Dave; 07-06-2015 at 07:22 AM.