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Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Palm Bay, FL
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Around town, I usually shifted at 5,000-6,000 to save on gas.... When I was riding more aggressively, I shifted 6,000-7,000... Always kept it in top gear while cruising unless I was going to pass, or just trying to look cool.
When I was going all-out, I usually shifted just a hair before redline. I know the 500 makes 54 horsepower...but I'm not sure at what rpm. If you can find the peak power rpm, then look at your tach and figure out where it is and how far you can go past it....it makes it easier. As a rule of thumb, I usually shift 500-800 rpms past the peak, so you get deeper into the powerband in the next gear. This isn't very important in the 1-2-3 shifts, but during the 3-4-5-6 shifts it will help. The higher gears you're changing through, the higher above the peak you want to go generally, due to the increasingly tall gearing, especially if you know you have a wide spread. Such as 3-4 is a little wide...so wind 3rd out higher than you would 2nd before you shift....the idea is to keep the engine in the fat part of the powerband as much as possible to keep it pulling hard.
"I smell blood and an era of prominent madmen"- W.H. Auden
The dead list: 04 EX500(sold), 98 VTR1000F(traded in)
07 Kawasaki ZX6R-Opened exhaust valve, Jumper mod, de-screened stock air filter, -1/+1 sprockets, green EK chain, ZG smoked double-bubble , solo cowl, Scorpio alarm.
Last edited by HalfLiterBeater; 03-13-2005 at 11:14 PM.