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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-28-2010, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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How would you describe the feeling...

...of the VN750's engine as you reach 4,000 RPM in 4th gear?

To me it's like the bike suddenly reaches a threshold of... er... ecstasy?

I found myself thinking borderline NSFW analogies the other day, was wondering if anyone had spent any time thinking about this before

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Try 8k to 9k in first, second, third, and fourth. I haven't gone to that rpm in 5th. I don't know about ecstasy......it is just fun.

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Try 8k to 9k in first, second, third, and fourth. I haven't gone to that rpm in 5th. I don't know about ecstasy......it is just fun.
I agree, 8k to 9k is awsome!

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It is a bit of a bummer having to slow down that much but you can soon get on your way again.

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It is a bit of a bummer having to slow down that much but you can soon get on your way again.
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...of the VN750's engine as you reach 4,000 RPM in 4th gear?

I don't know, don't think I ever rode the bike UNDER 4000 rpms,...are you saying that you normally do and just recently/finally used the throttle?


And the bike can't feel ecstasy, only you can.




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About the only time I might ride under 4000 RPM would be in a school zone. Out on the road, I usually shift at around 7000-7500 RPM, though I usually short shift from first to second, because first is SO low. The Vulcan 750 does, IMO, have a sweet spot right at 60mph and 4000 RPM in 5th gear. I sometimes ride there if I am not in a hurry, just out for a cruise. It's very relaxing, it burns a lot less gas than going faster, and therefore gives you more fun for your money, without having to go as far from home. Jerry.

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I don't know, don't think I ever rode the bike UNDER 4000 rpms,...are you saying that you normally do and just recently/finally used the throttle?


And the bike can't feel ecstasy, only you can.




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Most of my riding time is an in-city commute at speeds under 40 MPH so while I do rev to 5K+ RPM a lot, sadly that's largely in 1st-3rd gear. Which just isn't the same! The few times I get to open her up for a 10 or 20 block stretch I can reach 4K in 4th gear, and that's when I feel the bike is like saying to me "well it's about time". Then I hit a red light or a double parked car or a bus pulls over and fun time is over. I have one segment of my commute on the way home (not on the way in to work) where I take the highway for one, count it ONE exit, where I can get up to 5th gear then for about 2-3 minutes. Unless there's traffic for that one exit.

It all still beats the pants off of taking the bus and the subway to work.

A few times a month I find an excuse to take a longer road trip and then I usually ride at about 70-75 MPH on the speedo.

It's one of the reasons I like the VN750 so much actually. It's pretty close to a "one bike to do it all", with a cruiser styling and shaft drive. I would not really consider doing my commute with a larger cruiser, maybe a Ninja 500, Versys or SV650 type of bike, but I hate the way top cases and other luggage look on those bikes while adding bags on a luggage rack and passenger seat on my Vulcan looks just fine.

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Hey robardin, i see you're in Flushing. You ever get out to OBI on Sunday mornings? That is if it ever stops raining and warms up.

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Most of my riding time is an in-city commute at speeds under 40 MPH
Just wait until you get out of town and find some twisty roads!

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