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post #1 of 12 Old 05-24-2012, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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KLR power curve.

I got to put a few more miles on the KLR last night. After putting around some of the back roads I got to wondering where the KLR makes the most efficient power. It seems to "tractor" around at low RPM's pretty well, but I am not real comfortable lugging it down at 2k RPM. What do most of you like to keep your RPM's at?
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I got to put a few more miles on the KLR last night. After putting around some of the back roads I got to wondering where the KLR makes the most efficient power. It seems to "tractor" around at low RPM's pretty well, but I am not real comfortable lugging it down at 2k RPM. What do most of you like to keep your RPM's at?

Above 3.5 K rpm. The horsepower signs off around 6.5 K so I don't see a reason to wind it out more than that.

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I too don't like to lug it down too much, feel it's hard on the crank bearings imo. If i see the r's dropping below 3k and its under load (uphill for example) then i'll shift down to keep it between 3-4krpms.
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to 5th gear as quickly as possible. Typically around 2800-3200.
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If i see the r's dropping below 3k and its under load (uphill for example) then i'll shift down to keep it between 3-4krpms.
yup. What he said.

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Thats pretty much what I've been doing as well, but going up a couple small hills I just twisted the gas and it plugged right along at 2500 or so.
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On the open road mine runs in its "butter zone" between 4krpm and 5krpm, low vibes too. 2500 to 5500 will keep the motor and rider happy.
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Above 3.5 K rpm. The horsepower signs off around 6.5 K so I don't see a reason to wind it out more than that.
Yep.. 3.5-5.5 with it usually around 4.5 for most riding..
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what effect does the 16t front sprocket have on th revs
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With a 16 tooth front you'll drop around 400 rpm. I found that it helps a lot at both highway and city speeds.


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