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bike speed when shifting

Hello,

At what bike speed are you guys shifting up ?
Looking to page 37 from Owner's Manual, seems to me it's to soon for shifting up. For instance, I shift to 5th gear, at about 80 km/h, not 45 km/h as written in Owner's Manual.
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Lawyer talk, Vulcan S has the exact chart, donít lug or over rev the motor or force gear changes and youíll be fine.


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Right, but the chart from manual shows to shift too early, IMHO. Just curious what is the reason behind ?
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Because thatís how you would treat a 125cc kawi.


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Yes, for a 125cc is OK, but my VN is 800 .. Just curious
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DON'T read the manual for shift points.
You take off and when the motor is starting to run fast you shift.
Then as you speed up and the motor is running fast again you shift, ect...

Two things -
you don't shift up too soon so that the motor can't run correctly, meaning is struggling to run fast enough,
And you don't hit the red line before you shift.

DON'T look at the tach/speedo to check when to shift, eyes on the road. You can feel/hear the motor for its speed.

You can take off slow and the shift point will be lower, or you want to get to 60mph fast and you gun it and the shift point is higher, either one is fine. There is no "set shift point"
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Cool Manual , We don't need no stinking manual.

I just use the rev limiter as a shift indicator, works great and EVERYONE gets to share the delight of my DanMoto exhaust.
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DON'T read the manual for shift points.
You take off and when the motor is starting to run fast you shift.
Then as you speed up and the motor is running fast again you shift, ect...

Two things -
you don't shift up too soon so that the motor can't run correctly, meaning is struggling to run fast enough,
And you don't hit the red line before you shift.

DON'T look at the tach/speedo to check when to shift, eyes on the road. You can feel/hear the motor for its speed.

You can take off slow and the shift point will be lower, or you want to get to 60mph fast and you gun it and the shift point is higher, either one is fine. There is no "set shift point"
I'm doing exactly as you wrote. I was just wondering why in the manual are those values...
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I'm doing exactly as you wrote. I was just wondering why in the manual are those values...
because lawyers and accountants feel better if kawasaki tells you to ride super conservatively.
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Shifting has more to do with rpms than speed
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