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Would like to know at what RPM to up/down shift. Yes eventually it becomes instinctive but I am a long way from being there.

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Kind of hard to know without a tach but I tend to upshift towards the top of the rev range. I don't wind it to the stop but I want to make sure it won't fall on its face either. I don't do high rev downshifts however. I phase my downshift to road speed so I'm not locking up the rear wheel but being in the right gear if I have to power out of something.
Best thing I can tell you is get more saddle time in a parking lot or field.
 

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Kind of hard to know without a tach but I tend to upshift towards the top of the rev range. I don't wind it to the stop but I want to make sure it won't fall on its face either. I don't do high rev downshifts however. I phase my downshift to road speed so I'm not locking up the rear wheel but being in the right gear if I have to power out of something.
Best thing I can tell you is get more saddle time in a parking lot or field.
Planning on adding a tach/hour meter. And yes more saddle time best solution.

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Would like to know at what RPM to up/down shift. Yes eventually it becomes instinctive but I am a long way from being there.

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Wish we could tell you. If we have a tach and you don't (yet), you won't know without one. If you get a tach but we don't have a tach, we won't know without one. Haha Catch 22 :)
When I had a digital tach (working) there was a slight delay in the readout and I suspect it would flash the rpm so quickly I wouldn't know what it really was.
I know there were shift points in the owner's manual shown in miles per hour (or kph if in one of those lands) but the rpm's seem so early when upshifting (low rpm's) and never even paid attention to the speeds listed in the OM when downshifting.
 
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Often times the owners manual will tell you at what speeds to upshift.
And they sometimes just have a downshift around 12 mph (for all gears).
Guess they figure no one downshifts unless they are coming to a stop.
 

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If I'm just riding around I probably shift around 5,000
 
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It is best not to downshift into 1st. Wait until your stopped or doing 5 mph or under if you do. The back tire slides easy if you downshift into 1st gear.
 

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Approximately 10pm, 20mph, 30mph, 40mph. I don’t start in first so for me it’s 20, 30, 40.
A little more wear and tear on the clutch don't you think? At my weight my TW wouldn't have appreciated it.
 
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I use first for getting me rolling unless it is down my driveway, then I'll start in 2nd.
 

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Possibly but if you ain’t flogging it you’ll never get up to speed with 16hp. I think I get more clutch wear and tear at slower speeds when I need to slip the clutch on the trails.
Betcha I could have beat you off the line using 1st. ;)
 
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Probably but a second later and I’m in 3rd and looking for you in my mirrors. :D
You wish!! ha ha ha You can't beat an 87. They have been proven to be faster than any other year... just sayin...

And the checkered flag goes to littletommy!!! Minemapper takes second place, Plumbstraight takes third... Vroom Vroom Vroom they all go by and here comes Loghousenut in last place...

Great race folks!! Get your tickets for next week's race before they sell out. You can pick them up on the way out...
Great race littletommy and congratulations...again!!! :ROFLMAO:
 

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You wish!! ha ha ha You can't beat an 87. They have been proven to be faster than any other year... just sayin...

And the checkered flag goes to littletommy!!! Minemapper takes second place, Plumbstraight takes third... Vroom Vroom Vroom they all go by and here comes Loghousenut in last place...

Great race folks!! Get your tickets for next week's race before they sell out. You can pick them up on the way out...
Great race littletommy and congratulations...again!!! :ROFLMAO:
All hail littletommy, the rest of us need to practice our starts more and we need to bring our balls with us next time! No offense ladies.
 

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All hail littletommy, the rest of us need to practice our starts more and we need to bring our balls with us next time! No offense ladies.
You know I'm only teasing you bro, right?
 
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I shift out of first once I hit about a running speed, probably like 10 mph or so. Then from 2nd to 3rd at about 20ish, 3rd to 4th before I hit 40, then 4th I'll hang out in if I'm just going 40-45mph otherwise I throw it into 5th. When slowing down I down shift to 4th as I'm braking (using engine braking in addition to front + rear) then again to 3rd. For 2nd and 1st I just hold the clutch in while I'm braking.

I think this was just me getting used to the bike, but I find that now I let it rev a bit higher before shifting than I did when I first got the bike.
 

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The manual says 5th gear by 26mph; I’m in 5th by 30mph for easy riding around town. Don’t know about the other gears since you’re only in them for a moment.
 
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