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I am new to the sport bike scene. This 01 r6 is my first bike and i absolutely love it! I was just curious though, at normal driving, what do you guys shift at. I dont race the bike, i havent even had it over 8000rpm yet, and really dont plan on it. So what do you guys normally shift at?
 

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14,500 whenever the assh*le light comes on....telling me to shift :nono
 

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or you mean on the streets....ummm around 3,500 or 4k
 

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lol well, i really dont like beating on my toys, but i know these bikes are meant to be beat on! Just for everyday riding from work and back for the smoothest ride is what im looking for...
 

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I ride an R1, so I can't tell you where the sweet spot on the 6 is. The sweet spot for cruising on my 2000 R1, is anywhere in between 4,500 - 5,500 revs. The bike for me is strictly a hobby. I don't ever bog it around in traffic, or let it idle for extended periods of time because that is bad for the engine.

On my bike, I can shift as low as 4,500 revs, but that puts me at such an rpm into the next gear, that I have to gently apply the throttle to prevent the engine from pinging, or running unsmoothly.

For cruise mode, I tend to shift around 5,000 - 6,000 revs. Shifting within this range puts me in the sweet spot for cruising. (where the engine runs the best)
 

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lol well, i really dont like beating on my toys

If you do a lot of low rpm riding and extended periods of idling, your doing more harm than good. There is a thing called fuel dilution. Fuel dilution is when the fuel doesn't atomize properly. Carbureted engines are prolly more prone to fuel dilution than FI engines, but nontheless, fuel dilution occurs in FI engines as well. Fuel dilution is more likely on a cold engine that's just been started, but also occurs during which an engine is idling for an extended amount of time.

When fuel dilution occurs, fuel washes down the cylinder walls, past the rings, taking some of the tiny bit of protective oil film with it, thus increasing friction, and reducing the overall life of the engine, as well as contaiminating the oil in the crankcase.

It is a well known fact that extended periods of idling causes fuel dilution. Low rpm operation does NOT get the engine hot enough to burn the fuel out of your oil. This is why it is very good for the engine to at least once in while, rev the biotch up every now and then to burn any fuel out of your oil.

You want to know where to shift at, I'll ask you this, what rpm does your bike cruise best at? The answer to your question would be, shift at such an rpm that puts your engine in the sweet spot. The sweet spot on my bike is in between 4,800 - 5,200 rev's, although I can smoothly run it at 3,800 - 4,500 rev's with smooth throttle operation.

Remember, babying a high performance machine like an R6, or an R1 is prolly doing it more harm than good.




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I'll shift between around 5
 

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hate to push people away from the R6 but if you don't plan on getting your bike beyond 8krpm, perhaps you'd be best off on a v-twin or a cruiser cause these guys are right - you're damaging your R6 by riding it like a scooter.
It's true, you're sweet-spot will be pretty low - around 5-7krpm; which for mpg reasons is the best place to cruise, but you'll only find me cruising there if:
1. I have a pillion
2. Fuel light is on

You'll notice that shifting above 10krpm is much smoother than shifting at 5krmp where it can almost feel like your forcing it sometimes - the tranny is just made to run up and down the gears. Give it a try, running it high doesn't mean you're riding like an ass; it just means you're using your machine.
 

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I cruise in between 4-6K any lower than 4 and you don't have the go you need in an emergency.
 

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I am lost on this thread - Change the gears when you feel like it - Listen to the engine and it will tell you.. You dont have a shifting light on that bike....
 

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Thanks for all the help, like i said, i am new to the sport bike scene. I absolutely love the bike, but i am on a tight budget and really couldnt afford much repairs other than preventative maintanance on the machine. So i thank you all for your imput. I have been shifting around 4500, but im gonna crank her up to around 6 and see if thats any smoother. All of the toys from 4 wheelers, to dirt bikes, and even scooters, i never beat on. I just like to take care of my toys lol.
 

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personally im new to super sports and i still like to get my bike up in the 12K+ zone just because i can get used to how it feels. Its not like its this super fast totaly uncontrollable feat that you cant handle. you just need to get used to it.
Cause whats to happen if u down shift and crank her open to pass a couple cars in 1st/2nd and then not realizing your just about to go into the power area and it catches you by surprize....
Then sir... ide say you might have a problem deffinatley if you never have gotten used to bike moving like it does up there.
Im sure most people will concur with me and im new.
at 11K+ this turns into a R6. Untill then its just another 600.
 

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personally im new to super sports and i still like to get my bike up in the 12K+ zone just because i can get used to how it feels. Its not like its this super fast totaly uncontrollable feat that you cant handle. you just need to get used to it.
Cause whats to happen if u down shift and crank her open to pass a couple cars in 1st/2nd and then not realizing your just about to go into the power area and it catches you by surprize....
Then sir... ide say you might have a problem deffinatley if you never have gotten used to bike moving like it does up there.
Im sure most people will concur with me and im new.
at 11K+ this turns into a R6. Untill then its just another 600.

Your right, its top end power in unbelieveable compaired to other bikes that i have drove, ive only got it up to 8000rpm and i was just like holy shit!
 

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ive only got it up to 8000rpm and i was just like holy shit!
And that isnt even half of it.... seriously.
Right out of my house is a 1/2mile straight and i like to give it a little go go when i ride ~80ish nothing to crazy. and when im just heading out first thing in the AM and i really crank out first gear from ~5mph... its a wake up call.
Ide say when your ready get into some of those RPM's just to familiar yourself.

Stay SAFE!
 

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i usually dont shift til about 10k or beyond... from what ive read/reserached these bikes are meant to be ridden in the upper rpms. crusin around in the 3k-5k range is considered 'bogging down the engine' even though it doesnt sound like a traditional 'bogged engine'....
 

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The engines in these bikes are just like the engines in Porsches and Ferraris, if you don't drive her like you hate her from time to time, it will break. Exotic cars, and exotic bikes are the same in that respect. These engines are straight from the bloodlines of racing cars. Every once and a while get on it, rev the piss outta her, and ride it like you stole it. She'll thank you.
 
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