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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Gear shifting

I'm a little confused. I see all the YouTube vids guys shifting at 5-7000 rpm after 1 st gear. I usually shift at 3200 on all gears. I need some advice please.
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Vulcan 650 S motors are basically retuned Ninja 650 motors. They like high rev's and their powerband is higher in the rpm range than v-twin motors. Some guys like to take advantage of that power. You're not doing anything wrong shifting at lower rpm's. If anything, you are helping your MPG. AS long as you're not lugging the motor, you're not doing anything wrong.
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I was also confused about this, during my course they had me shifting at 2500-3000, but for some reason on my bike It feels natural to shift MUCH higher. Maybe it's that my stock exhaust is too quiet and I can't hear when to shift lmao. ?
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Yeah I havent even look at the gear indicator for two days now. You can hear the exhaust load and clear. I am very happy with the delk
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I'm a little confused. I see all the YouTube vids guys shifting at 5-7000 rpm after 1 st gear. I usually shift at 3200 on all gears. I need some advice please.
The Vulcan S is not a loping, air-cooled v twin like other cruisers; it likes revs. I normally shift at 5k. I tried 3200 just to see, and it definitely felt like I was lugging the engine. I would suggest going to 4-5k.
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Yeah I havent even look at the gear indicator for two days now. You can hear the exhaust load and clear. I am very happy with the delk
Damnit, gonna have to suck it up and buy an exhaust lol ?
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$450 free shipping from Colorado. Almost half price of two brothers. Loud and mean but not obnoxious. And mapping or $300 for a power commander. If you want it im sure it wont hurt
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There are many factors that determine when to shift.
The primary one is load.
This can be an incline on the road, rider weight, even resistance in the engine drive because of worn or heavy oil, tight rings on new bike etc.

Now that my bike is run in I can get away with shifts as low as 3k rpm when I leave for work every morning to keep the noise down.
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It depends on the riding style as well....for instance if you really want to enjoy the bike with dynamic riding through the corners, you have to keep the engine at about 5500 to 8500 rpm, the bike is really alive in this area and you can easily keep upt wiht stronger naked bikes....and also the sound of the engine in higher revs is quiet good actually....you have to understand the bike produces the most torque at 6600rpm and that is where the bike is most funt to drive, for me personally anything bellow 4000 this engine is not up to the task, but on the other hand if I go easily throught the city of course I ride it at 3-4 tousend rpm-s. As said it all depends on the ride, if you want fast dynamic ride don t let it go under 5500 rpm.
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Shifting a bike or car is easy - whenever you want.

There is no "right" rpm to shift to the next gear.
Any rpm is fine as long as you dont go above the redline.

Any rpm's given in a manual are just guidelines to new riders or a rider to a new bike.
It just a suggestion as to where the bike "might" behave correctly and for the best mpg's.

Surprising how all the automatic cars have made us forget how to drive a car/bike that needs manually shifted!
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