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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
If you think the Vulcan is fast, try a ZX6-R. Less displacement, less weight, and 3 times faster. Too bad it has to be so uncomfortable.
I usually shift mine at 5000 rpm at full throttle on on ramps, and still get enough speed to merge safely. I have never had the engine all the way to redline. I have had many inline fours to redline, but a single crankpin v-twin has a lot more reciprocating mass and an uneven firing order. I'm sure Kawasaki tested it before determining the redline, but I still think regular trips to redline will shorten the life of the engine, and if you are shifting at redline, one missed shift could scatter the engine all over the place.
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