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Shift at what speed?

This is my first bike without a tach. Can some of you share at what speeds you normally shift? While I really like the bike, the missing 6th gear is driving me crazy, I'm always looking for that last shift as I get up to highway speed.
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This is my first bike without a tach. Can some of you share at what speeds you normally shift? While I really like the bike, the missing 6th gear is driving me crazy, I'm always looking for that last shift as I get up to highway speed.
2d-20
3d-30
4th-40
5th-55
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yea... wanting another gear really throws you off?!?! i am still getting used to that one.

as for speeds... the manual tells you what to shift at:
1st to 2nd ... 12MPH
2nd to 3rd ... 19MPH
3rd to 4th ... 25MPH
4th to 5th ... 31MPH

and in reverse it:

25MPH
19MPH
12MPH
9MPH

i am not sure these are practical speeds though... i can't wait until 25MPH to shift down to 4th from 5th, the bike will jerk and choke?!?! i usually am in 4th around 36-40MPH if i remember right. i have been doing it by feel but maybe someone on here has it down to a science?!

--- ken got in before me! i agree with his speeds, they are a good judge of what gear and when.

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I agree with KenDawg....... What is listed in the manual has to be incorrect
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2d-20
3d-30
4th-40
5th-55
Yes, exactly.

I do it now by sound and feel, but when I was learning the bike after I first bought it and was paying attention to such things, the above breakdown is exactly where I found myself shifting.

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If you've got a full face helmet like mine you shift when you want. I can't see the speedo and I'm not going to keep looking down and be roadkill. My open face helmet is only a little better.One of those idiot lights could come on and I'd never know it. My one dislike of the many of the cruiser and touring bikes. Safety obviously wasn't considered during design.

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you can hear the RPMs peek power

I too miss the speedo on the bars where you could see them with out moving your head

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Thanks for the replies. I agree about the speedo, when I first started looking at cruisers I was bothered by it, but seems to be the standard so to roll with it. I'm mostly cruising on the back roads at this point so it's not such a big deal, but when I venture out on the highway it would be nice to know how fast I'm going without having to take my eyes off of all of the idiots that like to text and drive.
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This is my first bike without a tach. Can some of you share at what speeds you normally shift? While I really like the bike, the missing 6th gear is driving me crazy, I'm always looking for that last shift as I get up to highway speed.
Shifting speeds are listed in the owners manual under the chapter on breaking in a new bike.

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If you've got a full face helmet like mine you shift when you want. I can't see the speedo and I'm not going to keep looking down and be roadkill. My open face helmet is only a little better.One of those idiot lights could come on and I'd never know it. My one dislike of the many of the cruiser and touring bikes. Safety obviously wasn't considered during design.
I couldn't agree more. I also wear a full-face helmet, and it is a problem. I know it's supposed to give the handlebars that clean, uncluttered look...but give me the handlebars of my '80s bikes that were cluttered with a nicely visible speedometer and tachometer any day.

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