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post #1 of 10 Old 06-05-2017, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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What RPM do you ride at?

I'm finding I like running mine around 5000-6000 RPM. It seems to like it and has the least vibration right up in there somewhere. I like the added control characteristics with quick power on demand as well as the good engine braking. In the curvy stuff it will pull out of the turn real nice.
It do tend to use oil up there but not much, maybe a 1/2 pint in 1500 miles.

So, what RPM do you like riding at? I've watched many Youtube videos and it seems most guys baby these things like afraid they'll break if going past 5000 rpm.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-05-2017, 07:43 PM
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From just above idle to redline.

Have ridden many miles at 5500-6500RPM. Though the largest share of my highway miles is probably 4800-5600RPM.
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I hardly ever take mine north of 5500rpm unless I'm going for a "spirited" ride where I'll touch 8000rpm every now and then. Mine will drink a little oil if I keep it in the top end of the rev range. I prefer just to rumble around the place at lower revs.
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I like to go 4000 rpm. That's 60 mph and the engine feels good, gives good mileage per hour and does not consume oil. That speed allows me to lower a gear if I want to accelerate to pass or settle in traffic. I feel more in control for any emergency or to avoid an obstacle.
According to the necessities sometimes increase rev / speed, but my cruising speed is at 4000 rpm.

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I'm finding I like running mine around 5000-6000 RPM. It seems to like it and has the least vibration right up in there somewhere. I like the added control characteristics with quick power on demand as well as the good engine braking. In the curvy stuff it will pull out of the turn real nice.
It do tend to use oil up there but not much, maybe a 1/2 pint in 1500 miles.

So, what RPM do you like riding at? I've watched many Youtube videos and it seems most guys baby these things like afraid they'll break if going past 5000 rpm.
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I hardly ever take mine north of 5500rpm unless I'm going for a "spirited" ride where I'll touch 8000rpm every now and then. Mine will drink a little oil if I keep it in the top end of the rev range. I prefer just to rumble around the place at lower revs.
Well now!!! With the thirsty problem. Is there anyway to completely cure the need for oil? Big Bore kit? Use 90W oil?......
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From just above idle to redline.

Have ridden many miles at 5500-6500RPM. Though the largest share of my highway miles is probably 4800-5600RPM.
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Well now!!! With the thirsty problem. Is there anyway to completely cure the need for oil? Big Bore kit? Use 90W oil?......
Ride below 4500RPM all the time.... ;-)
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Ride below 4500RPM all the time.... ;-)
I need two more gears! Anyone have a couple laying around???
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I have 1800 miles on my 17 and I ride it mostly around 4-5 k but I'm not scared to take it up to 5700 for long periods on the highway. I try not to go above that for long periods though. Haven't done enough highway riding to notice any oil consumption

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Did a 300 mile ride yesterday. A lot of canyon riding in 4th 5500-6500 RPM and super slab there and back at 80-90 mph. Bike does very good mostly. Certain conditions at that speed will make it "weave" so have to stay aware. Hunker down on the tank stops the weave most times...otherwise just have to slow down
Interesting in the twisties I found long right or left sweeps at 80 mph+ that it would start to weave as soon as I leaned so had to stay below 80.
Was a very fun ride all things considered.
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