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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-28-2015, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Switching Gears?

Since my 2008 shadow doesn't have a RPM gauge, I was wondering when do you shift 1st to 2nd gear? The manual does say 15mph for the best gas mileage but I feel that it is a bit too early. Assuming flat ground

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I just listen to the rev of the engine and change when it sounds like I need to shift.

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I just listen to the rev of the engine and change when it sounds like I need to shift.
Same here. I just wanted to takeoff from a light as efficiently as possible. Thanks
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Depends on how fast you want to get up to speed. I've been known to stay in first up to 35. Stay in second till 60 then finally skip 3rd then shift into the final gear.

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This is the first bike I've had with no tach, and to be honest, I don't miss it. Shift by feel, and sound. The bike will tell you when to shift.

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I never look at my speed o when shift-en. I listen to the engine and after awhile you will hear the sweet spot to shift. All it takes is practice and time.
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Look closely at the speedo, they sometimes show recommended shifting points, at least they used to.

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