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What rpm range do you stay in at any speed you are riding. Obviously this doesn't apply to high speeds, but lets say between 30 and 60 mph.
 

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I don't watch the tach...for shifting or cruising. From days when a tach was not supplied, you learned to "feel" the bike and what it's comfort zone was.
 

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I never lug the motor,once I'm over 40mph I'm usually in 5th unless I'm going uphill.
 

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I don't watch the tach...for shifting or cruising. From days when a tach was not supplied, you learned to "feel" the bike and what it's comfort zone was.
I agree. A tach is a nice gadget but you certainly don't need it to tell you when to shift. I really have no idea what the slow cruising engine speed is but I can safely say somewhere between 2000 and 4000 rpm's.
 

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When not on the highway, I usually stay between 2000 to 3000 rpms... depending on the situation, it can start lugging below 2000 and I don't like that.:eek:4: And unless I'm on the interstate, I don't think I go over 3000. Come to think of it, even on the interstate, it probably hovers around 3000 rmps. I guess I'll find out tomorrow as I head out for Utah!:doorag:
 

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Naaa, No tach here. Do pay attention to the speedo though. Back when I was racing I had the tach right in my line of sight. Shifting at the absolutely correct RPM's meant tenths of a second in a race.
 

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I read in the manual when I first got my bike that we were supposed to shift at some pretty low rpm's, (i think it went on speed), for my liking, I don't remember what it said now but I do remember talking about it. I shift when it needs shifted and have no clue what the tach reads, or what speed i'm at.
 

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I generally keep it above 2,000 RPM but seldom look at the tach (since you can hear/feel it on a bike after a while). I will downshift, though, rather than lug the engine.
 

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Mine spends most of its time between 2,000 and 3000. On the highway. 3500-3600.
Same here. I'm getting into the habit of wearing earplugs on highway trips so I watch the tach as much as the speedometer. The sound is different with earplugs and for some reason so is the feel.
 

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cruising i do like everyone else here

on a fast twisty road i shift between 5500-6k
 

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Ususally between 2000 and 3000 if I'm paying attention and don't need additional torque.
 

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I try to stay above 2000 RPM while moving.
 

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Similar to others when cruising, usually 2-3k. I go a little higher in the twisties, but not as agressive as Yellow Wolf, usually 4-5 sometimes tap 5500 if I'm feelin' the love. I try to avoid the redline, just cuz.
 

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I actually read my owners manual when I got my new 2012. I was shocked to see that it recommended that I shift up into "Overdrive" at 31 mph and shift down out of "Overdrive" at 22 mph.

That's awfully slow.
 

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There's no reason to increase RPMs unless going up a steep hill or rounding a sharp curve. I shift mine often enough to not strain the engine. To me, high RPMs just use more fuel and don't accomplish much.

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Evidently, Honda does not mind the GL running at low RPM's, since the book says to shift into 5th gear at somewhere around 31mph. That is somewhere around 1400 RPM's. I believe in keeping the revs up a little more than that, but the GL seems to run good at around 2500 RPM's. Wallacem
 
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