Honda Shadow Forums banner
1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,122 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Ok, real stupid question, how is a vtwin pulse supposed to feel?

I have had this bike for almost 2 years and about 10k miles, and I think it is a strong running and smooth example of the Spirit 1100. That being said, it's no valk. But it is way smoother than my friends Harley.

With the Spirit, it accelerates smoothly, without any of that classic vtwin pulse for 90% of my ride, but when I roll on the gas about half throttle or more, say at 40mph in 3rd gear (remember Spirits are geared taller than Sabers), I feel a strong staccato like vibe while it pulls (which I like very much).

What I don't like is when I am in 5th and rolling the throttle at 60 mph, or climbing a hill, or even heading into a strong headwind. Sometimes, I get the staccato pulse for an extended period. When everything levels out and I ease off the gas a little, all is good.

Is this how your pulse is? Perhaps I should be in 4th until a higher speed? Or maybe I should stop being a Nancy and just twist the throttle!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,541 Posts
Ok, real stupid question, how is a vtwin pulse supposed to feel?

I have had this bike for almost 2 years and about 10k miles, and I think it is a strong running and smooth example of the Spirit 1100. That being said, it's no valk. But it is way smoother than my friends Harley.

With the Spirit, it accelerates smoothly, without any of that classic vtwin pulse for 90% of my ride, but when I roll on the gas about half throttle or more, say at 40mph in 3rd gear (remember Spirits are geared taller than Sabers), I feel a strong staccato like vibe while it pulls (which I like very much).

What I don't like is when I am in 5th and rolling the throttle at 60 mph, or climbing a hill, or even heading into a strong headwind. Sometimes, I get the staccato pulse for an extended period. When everything levels out and I ease off the gas a little, all is good.

Is this how your pulse is? Perhaps I should be in 4th until a higher speed? Or maybe I should stop being a Nancy and just twist the throttle!
:shock: Yep! MY wife checks my pulse every morning. I'm old. She's thinking life insurance. :shock:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,171 Posts
the pulse you seem to be describing ( a pulse one can actually feel ) seems to me is actually lugging , a good indication that you need to drop down a gear.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,454 Posts
As CrazyDave said you're lugging the engine. The Spirit 1100 doesn't have a whole lot of low end grunt and it does not like to be lugged. In typical riding, I don't shift into 5th until about 60mph. If I need anything other than gentle accleration, I downshift to 4th. The same with climbing hills. It will do them in 5th no problem, but the lugging is not good for it so I downshift to 4th if it lugs at all. It's much better to let the engine rev than it is to lug it.

As for the feeling compared to a Harley, the Spirit 1100 had a different feel to it because the motor is a twin-pin configuration vs. the Harley's single pin and is therefor much smoother.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,122 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
This year I realized that I was lugging it around town, so I do maintain a higher revs at in town speeds. Guess I need to hold 4th to a higher speed on the highway. Thanks for the feedback.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top