Shifting Gears

Discussion in 'Dyna Models' started by Buckwild Biker, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Buckwild Biker

    Buckwild Biker Member

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    Recently I added a tach to my Dyna. Before adding the tach I used to try and shift according to the manual specifications. I am finding that if I shift according to the manual guidelines for speed vs. gears my tach is showing me that my rpms are a bit too low. For instance if I am shifting according to the speed specifications in the manual my tach is only staying in the 1800 to 2000 range. I feel like that is to low...almost lugging. What is your experiences? When I am tooling around town at about 40-45 mph I am only in 3rd gear in order to keep the rpms at around 2000-2200. What do you think? --Buck
     
  2. wildspirit97

    wildspirit97 Senior Member

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    the owners manual for anything almost always has a recommendation to shift "to early" Shift when it "feels" good. Shifting gears isn't a set rpm it depends on how your riding. basically the slower you accelerate the lower the rpm's when you shift. And if your really getting on it let the rpm's get hight before you shift
     
  3. biscuit

    biscuit Junior Member

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    It's written in oil somewhere that it is always better to shift higher than lower.Shifting at 3000 to 4000 rpm is way better for your motor than lugging it.
    I'm not advocating that you ride everywhere at 4000 rpm,merely pointing out that you'll do more hurt to the engine changing at 2000 rpm.:newsmile106:

    Spare a thought for your big end bearings and the crankshaft.
     
  4. Buckwild Biker

    Buckwild Biker Member

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    Thanks for the feedback... It seems that most of my riding around town is between 35 and 45 mph. It sounds like I need to keep the rpms up to around 2500 to 3000 instead of where I am currently riding (2000 to 2200). It seems like I am always in the middle of where the engine feels right...bordering on lugging and pushing the engine. In reality I might not really be pushing the engine hard enough. It sucks being a newbie at this.
     
  5. bikermoses

    bikermoses Banned

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    for my bike its seems to like 2500 to 3000rpm range.Also the exhaust sounds cool :newsmile058:.
     
  6. 01dynaglide

    01dynaglide Junior Member

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    I agree with wildspirit97, shift on feel, not rpm/speed.
     
  7. miketini24

    miketini24 Member

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    I'm new to this so I'm sure this is going to sound stupid, but my '08 sportster doesn't have a tach and I've not got a good feel for when I should be shifting yet. As a "rule", at what speeds should I be shifting?
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Forget the road speeds, go by the sound of the engine. You don't want to lug it but keep it in a comfortable area.
     
  9. tobaman

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    agree, shift by the sound...i usually shift around 2k-3k rpm..seldomly over 4k//
    35-45mph is good on 5th (my top gr), engine sounds relax..
    but not on bikes with 6grs.
     
  10. miketini24

    miketini24 Member

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    thanks guys, I'm learning.