Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Ride the way you feel comfortable. Hard accelleration below 2500 is not good on the engine, but other than that it is a tough unit.
If you do not feel the need for the much better performance available in the higher RPM ranges, then why bother with them? The bike can cruise around easily in the 3,000 range, and if this is your type of riding don't worry about it.
I liked the performance feel myself, and rarely let it get below 3,000 except when just cruising down the highway, usually shifting in the 5-6K range to keep it from dropping below 3,500-4,000 on the shift. In the mountain twisties I tried to keep it above 4,500 for the fun factor. That is just the way I liked riding, but it is not a "required" way.
We do suggest to most coming from V-twins or the like should experiment with the higher RPM ranges to see how they like it before deciding against it. It is very easy to stick with the early shift habits and never know the thrill of the performance the LT can offer. You have now experimented, and should just ride the way you want to. Many riders are perfectly happy just cruising around with no need for higher performance, thus the overwhelming majority of V-twin cruiser riders, which are typically lower on the performance curve available anyway.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.