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3500 rpm @ 55 mph ??

I am a newbie... Just got out and broke in my (new to me ) 1999 and as I am cruising at 55, I noticed that I am pulling 3500 rpm at 55mph. No more gears. I am hoping that this is what everyone is referring to when they mention "that elusive 6th gear". Am I okay?
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sounds about right to me, mine cranks about 4000 @60 mph. I thought it was high too at first but they say these are high rpm bikes. makes second and 3rd gear pretty touch too.

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okay, thanx. Father in law said they dont run like cars, so it is probably fine... Just kills me looking for another and cant find any..
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I've been riding mine for three months now, and pretty much daily for the last month or so, and I still up shift against nothing out of habit of having 6 gears......some of it may even be wishful thinking. LOL
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I am a newbie... Just got out and broke in my (new to me ) 1999 and as I am cruising at 55, I noticed that I am pulling 3500 rpm at 55mph. No more gears. I am hoping that this is what everyone is referring to when they mention "that elusive 6th gear". Am I okay?
Well, I can not answer if you are "Okay" or not, but it always cracks me up when I see some one talk about looking to shift up to a higher gear.

The Vulcan redline is at 8,500 rpms. The usable power band is between 4500 and 5500 rpms. (and of course you will reap more hp higher..but not alot..)

Bike engines are made to run. Some sport bikes feel like dead weight untill you wind them up to at least past 5000 rpms.

Your right, it aint a car. Even without the sixth gear, you can get going to twice the national speed limint and still be several grand below redline.

If your concerns are about conserving fuel, yes, a 6th gear would help, but these ain't scooters and should not be made to live like one....lol


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My 06 w/stock 100x 90 tire ran 60mph @ 4K too, now with the 110x90 it runs even more rpm, less mph, +/-57mph @4000rpm... I guess it just takes a bit to get used to, and on the open road a 6th gear would be good, but they run the mountain twisties very good...
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I am a newbie... Just got out and broke in my (new to me ) 1999 and as I am cruising at 55, I noticed that I am pulling 3500 rpm at 55mph. No more gears. I am hoping that this is what everyone is referring to when they mention "that elusive 6th gear". Am I okay?
Newbies Have some fun and do 5000 at 70, now you're talking

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I have the 100/90 front tire and I do 60 mph (speedometer) @ 4000 rpm as well.
And @ 5000 rpm I'm doing about 73 mph (Speedometer)

Oh and just in case I haven't said it yet...I love my vulcan!

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I'm no longer a newbie and I still try for a 6th at times LOL! Do Not Ask Me Why LOL!!!!!!

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So, I guess I had better get used to upshifting for nothing... At least I am not alone.
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