Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: New to Tourers.... Lifetime Crusier rider. Any tips??
Regarding RPM: There is nothing wrong with just cruising around at 3-4K, if that is the type of riding one wants to do. Just don't ride it below 3K. However, suggesting to anyone that this is a "good" way to ride the LT is not responsible either. This engine is designed for and LOVES higher RPM, and has far greater throttle response and power above 4K. Also in the twisties riding 5-7K is better since you have great compression braking when approaching the next curve. No need to use the brakes as much as you have to riding lower RPM, and the roll on power out of a curve at over 5K is addicting.
My suggestion to anyone new to the LT is to first get really comfortable with it, then force yourself to ride it for at least a couple hours in the much higher RPM range, like never letting it get below 4500. You just may find something you never knew, and like it. If you don't try it out for some time, you may never know what you are missing. To me, shifting at 4k is a HUGE waste of performance. I usually shifted so that it never dropped below 3500 after the shift, even around town. Under 3500 the LT is pretty much a dog. As you have already learned, it is no cruiser, and is not very happy acting like one.
The old saying is certainly true, "You don't yet know what you don't know."
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