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post #1 of 21 Old Jun 16th, 2006, 6:01 am Thread Starter
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All of my old vintage British cars through the years have always had a sweet spot around 60mph. My Camry never seemed to have one and I could not find any speed that felt better with it. The Mercedes is the same way.

My LT had one around 80 mph.

What is YOUR LT's sweet spot?
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Along the same lines, what rpms should we be shifting at for normal driving?

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Along the same lines, what rpms should we be shifting at for normal driving?
What ever works for you.

I rarely run either of my K bikes up to 5K and this works for me.

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...My LT had one around 80 mph.

What is YOUR LT's sweet spot?

80mph - I can hear and feel the engine smoothes out right at 80mph GPS.
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Mine isn't so much speed as it is RPM's... 3500 - 4500 seems to work well.

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But seriously though...

I think the "sweet spot" on the LT is any gear between 6-6.5K RPMs.
Try it, you'll see.
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Sweet ride

This morning, on the way to work, for the first time since I bought the bike on April 1st, I felt my LT was one sweet bike. Passing cars easily, scooting to the lead, sweeping between cars, taking curves agressively, arriving at my parking garage feeling smug! LT no longer feels heavy, cumbersome and sluggish. This morning, I think I went over 5K rpm only once! Hard to believe that I still have more power to play with!

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This emoticon -->
And this statement --> "I think I went over 5K rpm only once!"


Does NOT belong in the same paragraph! No sir!

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There is a whole other range of performance found between 5K and the rev limiter that will impress the hell of you!
Thanks to Dave and the comment above, I have a whole new LT. Dave enlightened me while in the Smokys during Memorial Day. The LT screams when you keep it around 6500rpm. "Ride it like you stole it!"

By they way, thanks for the new bike Dave.

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Iíve been gradually climbing higher in rpms. It is surprising how in grained the shift points are in my head from the Goldwing.

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I rarely run either of my K bikes up to 5K and this works for me.
Have you tried 5000-7500 to any extent? It is a whole new world up there. Most of us after getting used to the power range above 4500 don't ride much below that except for highway cruising at relatively constant speed.

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Have you tried 5000-7500 to any extent? It is a whole new world up there. Most of us after getting used to the power range above 4500 don't ride much below that except for highway cruising at relatively constant speed.
Yes and not interested.

I guess I am old school, don't like reving engines and I ain't a speed demon. Most cars will out accelerate me off the line and I really don't care.

That is why I stated what ever works for you.

If I want to feel power I will go climb on my friends 180 HP tractor and kick up some dust.

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Have you tried 5000-7500 to any extent?
...and that is the way to ride in the twisties!!! Must have the power and engine brake...!!! Otherwise the bike feels heavy and you lean on the brakes too much.
Lower RPMs while cruising on the highway is fine

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My LT sweet spot is "Ignition on RUN" position and all that follows..

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Mine is sweet anywhere Except 4750 rpm. So, between 2500 and 7500 rpm is real nice.
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The only spot that my 05' has any vibration is right at 3k. The others are right though when it gets above 5k and until 8k it's fun.

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What is YOUR LT's sweet spot?
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5 K plus in the twisties--
85 mph + on the slab--
for the sweet spots;
all else boring but tolerable

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yup 6K is max torque
down shift to pass them trucks.

But bike seems to like 80 on my speedo in 5th.

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Roy,

The "K" bike engine is meant to spin in the high range. Above 5K is where it enters a smoother , more controllable, dimension. Much safer too, as the bike is much more responsive to throttle input. I find that running in 5K to redline in 3rd gear (on the twisty back roads) is a great experience.

Give it a try, just once, and I bet you'll like it.
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