Heritage Gear Shifting Speeds

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by kzoo, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. kzoo

    kzoo Banned

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    Here is what I have been basically using, am I close or am I too slow?

    1st gear to start and no more than like 25mph
    2nd up to say 35
    3rd up to 45
    4th up to 55
    5th 55 up

    I know I saw a chart somewhere, but can't locate it again.

    I jump on it a bit now and then, but still getting used to the ride. Dont want to lug it, but dont want to simply waste gas either!!
     
  2. Rubyred

    Rubyred Senior Member

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  3. SoonerSoftail

    SoonerSoftail Active Member

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    Pretty close to what I do. Except I run 3rd and 4th out another 5 . The motor just sounds too slow at 55 in 5th.
     
  4. Rubyred

    Rubyred Senior Member

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    2007 FLSTC states:
    Upshift gear speeds
    First to Second 15MPH
    Second to Third 25MPH
    Third to Fourth 35MPH
    Fourth to Fifth 45MPH
    Fifth to Sixth 55MPH
     
  5. kzoo

    kzoo Banned

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    Thanks all, seems I am pretty close. Cold this morning so took it pretty easy on her (and me). Hit cruising speed at about 55 and shifted to 5th. Pretty comfy .....

    Now if we can get some warm weather where I can actually hear the motor!!!! Ear plugs, helmet, hat, balaclava etc. kinda muffles things
     
  6. pdfiddler

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    From 1st to 2nd-20
    From 2nd to 3rd-30
    3rd to 4th-40
    4th to 5th-50
    5th to 6th-60
     
  7. Mad Dog Jim

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    I am pretty sure that the 5 speed and the 6 speed are the same ratios but the 6 speed adds overdrive (.80:1) I know that the average HD driver never comes close to red-line.

    In town on flat ground I'll usually take off in first and drift in second. But other than that I run it up. Standing start to highway speed I normally go to 2nd at about 25, then change every 10mph till finally in 6th at 65.
     
  8. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    6th gear sounds low, I don't put it in 6th until I reach 65+, it purrs!!
     
  9. Duane53

    Duane53 Active Member

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    I shift by ear. The sound of the bike tells me when to shift and yes my baby talks to me.:bigsmiley11:
     
  10. Rubyred

    Rubyred Senior Member

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    I'm sure we all do, I was quoting what was in the owner's manual.:)