Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: West Coast Florida
As Swifty alluded to in his post, engine noise will be your best shift indicator without a tach, combined with feeling two extremes; 1) engine whining in agony at the top of its power curve, 2) engine bogging while lugging and gasping for RPM. Scenario 1 is definitely overdue for upshifting, 2 is definitely overdue for downshifting. Saddle time in low and second gears will put your ear in tune with the engine's needs.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Rider Course is one of the best investments you will ever make. As an experienced rider I learned one tip that has probably saved my life on at least two occasions. When you stop for a traffic light, offset yourself in the lane so that you are positioned to go around the vehicle in front, with your bike in low gear, clutch in, and eyes constantly checking mirrors for a vehicle coming up from behind. Be ready to GO if you doubt that a vehicle approaching from behind might not stop. Reemphasizing Chuck"s post, a lot of cagers NEVER see you. My recommendation is to wear hi-vis gear or a hi-vis tee shirt over your gear. Even then, the blindness of car drivers will amaze you.
I have a mantra that I recite every time I put my helmet on... "They're all out to kill ya.. whether by accident or on purpose, the result's the same!"
Last edited by ShadowGeezer; 04-24-2019 at 07:01 AM.