Originally Posted by alstrickland55
I guess I am a fairly conservative rider -- always rev the old K engine up until it hit the rough spot (around 4300) and then upshift. But yesterday, when the light turned green, my had slipped off the cluch and she died right in the middle of the intersection. After about 10 cars blew there horns at me, I got her started back up and took off. Being somewhat aggrevated by the experience, this time I rev'ed her up to about 7000 before upshifting. Damn that thing runs different between 6000 and redline -- like a totally different engine!!!!
We say it over and over and over again, but some just don't listen, and have to learn THEIR way.
Shifting below 4,500 is a total waste of the bike's performance, and the bike really does not like it much. As I and others have said time and time again, this fat lady LOVES to sing, and it IS a totally different bike in the 5-8,000 range.
I rarely used 5th below 80, and used 3,500 as my shift point, for DOWN
Normal cruising/touring upshifting for me was in the 5,500-6,000 range, anything else 6,000-7,500, depending on what I was doing. Got surprised a few times by the rev limiter, so did not use 8,000 very much.