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post #1 of 11 Old 06-17-2008, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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when do you shift?

hey yall, just a thought and a question.
i was wondering where in the curve you shift to the next gear.
i usually try to hit it at about 4500 rpm, it seems natural.
but i am wondering if there are a few more rpms to give without worry.
another thing is my bike gets a nasty rattle at about 4500..so i shift, does anyone have an idea what this is? radiator guard? muffler shield?
thanks for any input, even if you think i'm silly.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-18-2008, 01:12 AM
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There really is no ideal shift zone due to so many other factors involved. I've pretty much shifted at every rpm from 2,500 up to redline. Whatever works for the current conditions. However, the KLR sweet spot is 3,000 to 4,000 so it would make sense that 4,500 would be a good shift point.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-18-2008, 05:46 AM
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Is the rattle plastic or metallic. If plastic, take a look at the headlight cover on the back side of your front fairing. We put some foam between the upper lip of the cover and fairing and knocked out a huge amount of noise by doing that.

If it is metallic, you will probably just need to start going over each bolt and checking. Probably be a good time to add some blue loc-tite while doing so.

My natural shift point seems to be about 4500 when driving normally, and 5 to 6000 if playing. Redline every now and then.

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-18-2008, 06:17 AM
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I had a rattle!

I heard a rattle while driving about two weeks ago. I happened to ride a little off road that day. It sounded like mettle (muffler pipe or heat shield). I finally topped and it was the clamp on the muffler. It is the one that clamps the pipe just before it goes into the muffler. The clamp is located just abut where your right knee is when your sitting on the bike.
I was lucky that the bolt didn't fall out. I was able to put it all back together when I got home.
I still notice a little bit of a rattle when I let off the gas at slow speeds. It's a similar sound, so I'm thinking it still has something to do with the muffler pipes. I have about 2400 mile on my 08, it's probably time to make the rounds and check and tighten all the nut, bolts, and screws. It should have been done by the dealer at it's 1000 mile check, but who know if they actually do it!

Try making your rounds to all nut, bolts, and screws and make sure they are all tight.

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DXKLR,,, The loc-tite is a good idea!!
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I carry it in my tool pouch. Can't do without it. Everytime you remove a bolt put a drop on and your good to go.

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There really is no ideal shift zone due to so many other factors involved. I've pretty much shifted at every rpm from 2,500 up to redline. Whatever works for the current conditions. However, the KLR sweet spot is 3,000 to 4,000 so it would make sense that 4,500 would be a good shift point.
3-4k is my sweet spot also... Seems I shift more often to keep from lugging then anything.

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Seems the optimal shift point for me in a full throttle blast is right at 6500 RPM. There is a definite power drop after 6500. Above that and it is just winding up to redline. Patmans dyno test looks to confirm this. http://www.patmanracing.com/klrdyno.htm
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-19-2008, 11:20 AM
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good post, fellas. I was wondering about the shift points as well. I been shifting at about 4300 rpm (on average) most of my riding (except on highway) is in 4th gear at about 4000 rpm.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-19-2008, 02:46 PM
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Based on this thread, I decided to watch the RPM's lately. I haven't paid much attention since about 6 months after owning it, just go by sound/feel these days. Anyway, I was surprised to find out how much time I spend at 2500. Around town on side roads, etc.. I shift at 3,000 which drops the RPMs to 2500. Depending on the speed limit I'll be in 4th or 5th running at 2500rpms most of the time.

I guess it's a habit I developed due to the complete F'in morons who can't drive around here. The lack of control these people have over their gas pedals eludes me. I just don't know how it's possible to take off so slow and then change speeds so erratically while driving. One minute they are going 40, then 30, then back to 40.

Since the KLR is all torque, it's much smoother to be at 2500 when adjusting for these idiots.
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