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At What Speed Do you Shift Into 6th Gear?

40 mph
50 mph
60 mph
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Offline Ernest T

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Shifting into 6th
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:53:11 pm »
The gas mileage discussion made me wonder how people are riding the Trophy.  Do you wind it out or shift more leisurely?

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Re: Shifting into 6th
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 06:24:56 pm »
The only time I ever shift into 6th is on flat straight freeway/highway, and I avoid those as much as possible.
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Re: Shifting into 6th
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2014, 06:30:43 pm »
Depends how fast you are accelerating. I prefer to stay in a lower gear unless I'm on the Motorway just to give more response.
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Re: Shifting into 6th
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014, 07:42:00 pm »
Yeah.... unfortunately it doesn't give you the option of "it depends"

Where am I going..... what am I doing.... what is the weather like.... who am I riding with? These and many questions will impact when I change gear.... Most of which are answered almost subconsciously...
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Re: Shifting into 6th
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2014, 09:46:58 pm »
1) it depends and 2) I never pay attention to the speedometer to determine shifting.  I always use my ears to determine when.  Occasionally when I'm getting on it I do watch the tach to see when I'm getting close to the redline.
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Re: Shifting into 6th
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2014, 12:17:07 am »
I'm with all of you. Like the old joke. During the 1996 presidential campaign  Bob Dole and Bill Clinton were asked boxer or briefs? Clinton said boxers, Dole said, Depends!

I was out today scouting a ride for later in the week. I was in the 50 to 55 mph range for most of the hour I was out there and rarely got out of fourth.

Other times I'll be in 6th gear by 50mph. In general on the interstate I'd say 70 mph would be about the right shift point, but it depends.
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Re: Shifting into 6th
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2014, 01:19:24 am »
Same as Budy.  If I am in traffic I would tend to stay down a gear or two for acceleration. On the open road just get into top and go, as what speed into top depends on the mood. On twistier roads down a gear or so to suit. The Trophy always feels revvy to me in top gear after the ST1100 even though the gearing is reasonably close - just a motor characteristic, and it has a 10,000 redline.

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Re: Shifting into 6th
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014, 07:09:27 am »
I agree with all comments. But I too change subconsciously when it feels right. When on the twisties 4th and 5th usually suffice occasionally down to 3rd.
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