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Rev ranges - where do you ride your cat at?

Post  carbice on Sat Sep 19 2015, 09:42

For a relatively new owner, this question has bugged me for a while. Am I riding my bike in the correct power band

The bike generally doesn't run too well below 3k so lots of clutch slippage is needed in stationary traffic. Never smooth when I'm in a line of traffic waiting in a junction.

General riding I normally try and keep it around 6k if I'm at a constant speed. Seems to be most responsive there.

What do you guys do?
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Post  Wooster on Sat Sep 19 2015, 13:47

I ignore my rev counter.









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Post  Jkillroe on Sat Sep 19 2015, 14:14

I believe the power band is around 6.5k but I wouldn't run mine there all the time especially in traffic
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Post  Catnapper on Sat Sep 19 2015, 17:11

Never really look at tachograph. Just ride it with my ears!!!!!!!
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Post  weasley on Sat Sep 19 2015, 17:18

It totally depends on the situation. I tend to keep the revs down in town, but on a motorway I'll sit at 6-7,000 for ages. On a decent ride out I'll use all the revs!
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Post  Robcat on Sat Sep 19 2015, 20:56

It's just a case of how you ride as most open roads are done in 6th but it's when you need a little shove from the back wheel then just knock it down a cog or two then go for it. If your in tight twisty mode then gears 2-4 are your main but faster roads 5 and 6.

Are you mechanically sympathetic to you engine or are you a type of guy that's got his arse on fire most of the time?
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Post  dudeofrude on Sun Sep 20 2015, 00:35

I ride mine like the yobbo that I am!! Haha
Everywhere in 3rd gear at 6-12k rpm because I've got stainless pipes and a straight through exhaust that just sounds too good.
My neighbours hate me but you can practically see my grin through my helmet everyday ;-)


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Post  dudeofrude on Sun Sep 20 2015, 00:42

As a more serious and possibly helpful answer......

I get where your coming from. When I first passed my rest I used to ride my bike like I drove me car, as soon as the revs sounded a bit high I would change up (usually around the 5k mark)
There's nothing particularly wrong with that when your pootling around town.
Would be a bit boring to ride like that out on the open roads though.
You have to remember that your bike can rev up to around 13k so taking it up to 9-10 before you change isn't gonna hurt it, You just have to find a road long enough haha
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Re: Rev ranges - where do you ride your cat at?

Post  bobh on Fri Sep 25 2015, 21:55

carbice wrote:....lots of clutch slippage is needed in stationary traffic. Never smooth when I'm in a line of traffic waiting in a junction.

What do you guys do?

Filter! Wink
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Post  0ldcat on Fri Sep 25 2015, 22:14

bobh wrote:Filter! Wink
Laughing  Laconic as always Bob rofl
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