Since you are riding a 1700 the idea that you are "in between gear speeds" is all in your head. At 45 to 50 you can be in 3rd or just into 4th. you've got lots of power and gear range to play with. In surface street traffic of any kind I never get any higher than 4th. The rpm range is phenomenal! But lugging the engine is not a good thing. If you need to accelerate, the engine is out of it's power band. Which means it has to get revving faster before it will get the bike moving at any speed.
Experience is the key here. Take the time to practice accelerating when you arent in traffic from those speeds. Do it from 3rd, 4th, and then 5th. You'll notice the difference. The lower gears allow you to be in better control of your bike. Plus it's easier on the engine if you don't lug it. Get used to not shifting into 5th unless youre on a road that you can go 55 or so on. And then only if theres no traffic.
The point I'm trying to make here is that you just need more experience with your bike! Let that puppy rev! If you can find a place that you can safely accelerate, try accelerating hard from a roll in first gear. Don't short shift. You'll be amazed at the speed you can go in each gear. This will give you an idea of what can be done realistically every day.
Don't forget to practice hard braking! Stopping quickly is more important than going faster!
2012 Nomad 1700
Cobra Luggage Rack
Airlite Crash Bar Chaps
Kuryakyn Offset Highway Pegs
Vulcan Emblem on Passenger Back Rest
Fire and Steel Light Bar
Signal Dynamics Headlight Modulator
Wolo Bad Boy Horn
Kuryakyn Power Point
Back Off XP Brake Light Modulator
08 900 Custom - Traded in!
Last edited by Ghost; 12-15-2012 at 05:46 AM.
Reason: Added braking note.