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See how the 2 starts off right when the 1 ends? I'm pretty sure that's the highest rpm's for 1st gear. I know I'm not supposed to be shifting at full rpm's. Question is, where is best place to shift?

 

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We all do it differently. Anywhere between just above chugging when you let out the clutch to just before the rev limiter. (AKA just short of puking) As you ride, you'll figure out what works best for you and your riding style. If you have an owners manual, they give you some basic guidelines. A little on the low end, but guidelines nonetheless. You should put a pic and model of bike in a signature so when you come with questions, people know of what bike you speak.
 

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Depends on a number of factors.. How big is the displacement of the Engine? ...are you on a flat, traveling up or downhill? ..Normally knowing when to shift will come with a-little time and just getting used to the power of the bike in different situations and listening to the engine..

But, basic rule of thumb will always be, if the engine is struggling, down-shift, if it's revving a little high, up-shift..

It's just a matter of getting used to your bike.. All things - including gear changes will get smoother in time.
 

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The shift mark is not the same as redline on a tachometer. You will be surprised how fast that bike will rev.

And I don't even know what bike you're using.

What bike are you using?
 

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Unfamiliar with your Bike, LLLL I don`t even have a clue ;)
BUT, the shift points are good!!
I shift to 4th at 80 when I feel the need for speed :D:D

Know your Bike!

Merry Christmas
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See how the 2 starts off right when the 1 ends? I'm pretty sure that's the highest rpm's for 1st gear. I know I'm not supposed to be shifting at full rpm's. Question is, where is best place to shift?

My best suggestion is to get to know your bike and listen to it as there is no magical or specific shift points. After a while of riding of various road conditions you'll know when you should be shifting up or down by the sound of the engine rpms and response.
 

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Someone should perhaps mention to you that the gauge you have in your picture is a speedometer, not a tachometer. You are reading miles per hour, not revolutions per minute.;) Have you been getting a lot of tickets lately?:mrgreen:
 

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Someone should perhaps mention to you that the gauge you have in your picture is a speedometer, not a tachometer. You are reading miles per hour, not revolutions per minute.;) Have you been getting a lot of tickets lately?:mrgreen:
If you look closer, the shift points are on there, of course, I don't see doing100 mph when you are shifting into 4th being a possibility.
 

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Nowww I see it! Sorry, it's the eyes. Had to zoom a bit. But it's still not a tach though.;):D
 

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The shift mark is not the same as redline on a tachometer. You will be surprised how fast that bike will rev.

And I don't even know what bike you're using.

What bike are you using?
From the op's first thread, his bike is a 1994 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100
 

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No set RPM for shifting. It is all by sound and feel you learn as you get familiar with your bike. Also depends on up grade down grade long sweep wet dry. Many things to consider. After awhile it all becomes natural.
 

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So according to the gauge I'm supposed to shift 3 at 65. Am I really supposed to run 2nd gear all the way up to 65.
you probably can, do you have to, no. With changing my gearing I can but it reflects by seriously lowering my mpg.

If you will listen to the engine when you shift you will know whether you are shifting too early, ie the engine struggles when the throttle is applied. Your gearing is different from mine but the principle is the same. You don't have to wind out each gear to it's peak, most don't for your mpg will take a big hit.
 

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LLLL just Run it up to the Rev Limiter...
Then you`ll know the MAX you can get from each gear...
I think the speedo shown is on a 4 speed transmission Bike...

Merry Christmas
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See how the 2 starts off right when the 1 ends? I'm pretty sure that's the highest rpm's for 1st gear. I know I'm not supposed to be shifting at full rpm's. Question is, where is best place to shift?

Your speedometer markings are the same as my 96 Shadow VT1100C's. I've never really noticed them before till you pointed this out, since I shift by ear and feel of the engine. After studying this more, those middle markings appear to be the max speed and rpm's capable in that gear before the rev. limiter kicks in at the hash mark. I would cut those values in half as a starting shift point and adjust up or down depending upon load, road, wind and traffic.
 

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Your speedometer markings are the same as my 96 Shadow VT1100C's. I've never really noticed them before till you pointed this out, since I shift by ear and feel of the engine. After studying this more, those middle markings appear to be the max speed and rpm's capable in that gear before the rev. limiter kicks in at the hash mark. I would cut those values in half as a starting shift point and adjust up or down depending upon load, road, wind and traffic.
Thank you.
 
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