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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
The Vulcan 750 is not your typical long stroke v-twin, and is designed more for top end power than low speed torque. On a fairly level road, I won't go below 40 mph in 5th, and if it looks like I may be stuck at that speed for a while, I will usually downshift. Climbing a hill, you need to downshift even more to keep the rpms up, as you are putting a lot more of a load on it. When climbing significant grades (yes, we have those here on AZ), I try to keep the rpm at at least 4000, and use whatever gear is necessary to do that. If you let it drop much below that you are falling out of the powerband, and lugging the engine.
If I take off from a stop on a rural road, or turn onto a freeway on ramp, I usually shift from first to second at around 3000 rpm, then shift through the rest of the gears at 5000 rpm at full throttle, until I have gotten just a bit above the speed limit.
Though it is supposed to go faster, the best I have been able to get out of mine, tucked in, is an indicated 110-112. That's an actual 105. I have heard they will do 120, but mine won't.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike