Depends on the situation.. But mostly, in town, If I'm the first at lights etc.. I like to break from the pack - accelerate upto the speed limit, and then let them filter past me further up the road, this so I'm not being moved along from a light by a giant chunk of steel..Here's the question, you are on a multi lane road, interstate 4 lane whatever, traffic is not smooth flowing, but butthead trying to congestion things and 1-2 acting like jerks, do you drop a gear and try to leave them for a bit and make some space, or fall back to safety?
Phhh.. :roll: ..Some people just want to race!
And by "race", I mean.. I traded my Aero due to almost being plungered into oncoming by cagers who travelled 10-20mph below the posted speed limit through the mountains, then, as we (me and cars stacked behind me), went to overtake when we could safely do so, these slowpokes sped-up while we were in the oncoming lane.. With cars also trying to overtake blocking me from behind, I was being effectively forced into oncoming traffic.. Because I didn't have speed and acceleration enough to move past and clear these psychos..
TWICE, that happened.. The second time.. :shock: .. I was very-very lucky..
So, yeah, as much as I love(d) that bike.. It just ran out of power in some really bad situations where a little-more power is all I needed to keep me safe..
Since I have had the Vic, I still run into these clowns.. I had the Vic Up-to 115mph one time - same deal.. Slow moving cage, then, when we reached a place where I could legally overtake, the SOB began to try to outpace me.. So.. It's nice to have that kind of power on tap..
The Triumph...Same situation .. I have only had to take it to 95mph one time, due to the same thing.. ..Acceleration.. The Trumpet accelerates much faster..
So, I prize acceleration over top-speed..
Both of my scoots will get to a ballpark 135.. The trumpet will get there much quicker.. Which is nice.. As it can accelerate faster, I don't have to use higher speed..
Don't care about racing, or times, or averages.. Not my thing at all.. I just have no interest in that kinda thing.. BUT, In real-world application though, it's really nice to have a little more OOMPH on tap.. Good acceleration and a respectable top speed, in some situations, can get you out of serous trouble..