Probably a dumb question - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
VN750 General Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 27
iTrader: (0)
 
Probably a dumb question

since this 2005 vn750 is my first motorcycle, i'm pretty new to riding and it doesn't help that i've never driven a car that wasn't an automatic. I've looked around the forum and couldn't really find anywhere that says what the top speed of each gear is. so I'm just wondering at what speeds and rpms should I be shifting gears. sorry if this sounds like a dumb question.
duhstee is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 01:41 PM
Jesus-Family-Coffee-Bike
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Va Beach
Posts: 95
iTrader: (1)
 
hmmm... a great question in my opinion.

I'm in the same boat... just got my bike a couple months ago and have never consistently driven a manual either! When I'm cruisin I usually shift between 3 and 4,000 RPMs... when I'm trying to accelerate hard, I usually push it as high as 5. Any advice from you non-newbies out there would be very helpful!

http://photobucket.com/webby778_bike_pics


old bike:
93 vn750 - Gray/Navy - Mac Staggered Dual Tapered Tips Exhaust - DEI exhaust wrap - K&N air filters - ACCT rebuild - Deka ETX15L MF battery.
current bike:
95 vs800 - Tan/Maroon custom - Cobra pipes - Jardine seats - stage 1 jet kit, carbs re-tuned - 21' front wheel - crash bars with pegs - Willie & Max saddlebags
webby778 is offline  
post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 01:43 PM
Senior Member
 
GIMPYRDR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Pittsburg, TX
Posts: 401
iTrader: (0)
 
First their are no dumb questions. A few dumb answers and some dumb looks, but those are free. Most shifting speeds are preferencial. Hot doggers will run their rpms up to the 5K - 7K range. Others, like me prefer to make shifts in the 3K - 4K range. Also if you have the owners manual it will be in there.

2005 Vulcan 750
Black and Silver
Windshield
Saddlebags
OEM Hghwy Bars
O-ring Footpegs
OEM Luggage Rack
V&H Exhaust System
TOC ACCT Rebuild
Die Hard Gold AGM MFB
Spline Lube every tire change
VN750 #4393
VROC #31065
TexasVROC
GIMPYRDR is offline  
 
post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 27
iTrader: (0)
 
well, I definitely don't have the owners manual for it, haha. I've been shifting around 4500 to 5000 rpms. is this bad for the engine? or does it reduce my mpg? what rpm is normal cruising speed? i'd really like to get the best mpg I can and put as little strain on my engine as possible. thanks for the help guys.
duhstee is offline  
post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 02:41 PM
Old Truck Junkie
 
niterider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Roby Texas
Posts: 4,133
iTrader: (15)
 
If you don't get into the red all the time you will not hurt this engine. I have run into the red every once in a while. But it is not some thing that you want to do often. So 6, 7, or even 8k's is okay, again I would not do that all the time.

02 honda sabre 1100
niterider is offline  
post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 27
iTrader: (0)
 
so I take it that it's o.k. to cruise around at 4500 to 5500 rpms before upshifting?
duhstee is offline  
post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 02:45 PM
Old Truck Junkie
 
niterider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Roby Texas
Posts: 4,133
iTrader: (15)
 
Yes it is more than okay, it is fun.

02 honda sabre 1100
niterider is offline  
post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 27
iTrader: (0)
 
haha, thanks for the help. and yes, it really is fun.
duhstee is offline  
post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 02:57 PM
Senior Member
 
GIMPYRDR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Pittsburg, TX
Posts: 401
iTrader: (0)
 
I have my gas mileage does better if I keep my shifting habit in the 3k - 4k range. At 5k you should be doing roughly 70mph. If your doing that while still in 4th gear, it will definitley affect gas mileage and eventually the bike will get hot. On another note, our bikes were designed to run a little higher in the rpms than the standard cruisers. When I have run against other bikes, bigger bikes (not crotch rockets) they seem to have to get into the higher gears faster. Such as they will be in 3rd or 4th while I'm still winding up in 2nd. I know a lot of them will be in 5th long before I get there.

2005 Vulcan 750
Black and Silver
Windshield
Saddlebags
OEM Hghwy Bars
O-ring Footpegs
OEM Luggage Rack
V&H Exhaust System
TOC ACCT Rebuild
Die Hard Gold AGM MFB
Spline Lube every tire change
VN750 #4393
VROC #31065
TexasVROC
GIMPYRDR is offline  
post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 03:13 PM
Love My Baby
 
rubyrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Posts: 1,165
iTrader: (1)
   
If you want to maximize gas mileage, shift at lower RPMs (about 3000) and when you hit non-highway cruising speed, upshift until your RPMs are about 3000 - 3500. Cruising at RPMs lower than about 3000 might actually hurt your transmission. At highway speeds you should always cruise in 5th gear, about 4500 RPM.

It won't hurt the bike to shift at higher RPMs if you stay out of the red line on the tach. But starting up and taking off before letting the bike idle for a minute so the oil can circulate can hurt the bike, especially if the engine's cold because the oil is thicker and doesn't get to circulate as easily.

I usually shift at about 3000 RPMs when I'm riding leisurely and at 4-5000 RPMs when I'm heading on the highway.

Rubyrick

MY BABY...
'05 VN750
16,000 miles +
Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

Place your mouse on the X below and drag to the O

X
Even though you can't see Him, GOD is there! O

Last edited by rubyrick; 10-24-2009 at 08:36 PM.
rubyrick is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome