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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-18-2004, 04:03 PM
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Re: more noobie questions: at what point are you shifting up and down?

Shift at the point where you wont be lugging in the next gear. Lugging is primarly a function of RPM's, but its also affected by load (going uphill or downhill, carrying a passenger or added weight, etc).

On my mostro, the engine is unhappy below 3000 rpm so I tend to shift such that the next gear will put me at 3500 or above. This is when Im riding casually though.

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Re: more noobie questions: at what point are you shifting up and down?

Well, it's been said that Herb "lived at the redline".

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Once you get to know your bike you will develop an understanding for where the bike is happy to shift. I ride a 2009 monster 696 and for me cruising below 3k the bike starts to lug and chug. When commuting I shift around 5k, but when joy riding I shift when the shift light flashes at me. Down shifting also depends, my 696 has a lot of engine breaking, and at low rpm the engine is extremely torquey so you need to be careful when you downshift. what kind of bike do you ride?
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