Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Central, Minnesota
I also have a '96 VT1100 with the four speed transmission, and those shifting points on the speedometer are way off. Don't pay any attention to them or you will lug the engine down too much (not good)
These engines are made to wind up more than the single-pin crank engines, so don't be afraid to run the rpms up before shifting.
Normal riding takes me up to 25 in 1st, 40 in 2nd, 60 in 3rd, and the skies the limit in 4th. There seems to be a larger gap between 3rd and 4th, so you will need to wind it up more before shifting into 4th.
After owning mine for over 10 years and 50,000 miles, I have never hit my rev limiter (yes, I guess there is one)