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I checked these out on this morning's ride:

1 - 20 mph

2 - 33 mph

3 - 45 mph

4 - 57 mph

5 - 70 mph

Note the 12 or 13 mph spacing.
 

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Thanks, I think 3000 is going to be my normal shift point, based on the sound of the engine. 4000 when I want a little more spirited.
 

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Probably a good idea as it seems to get significantly less gas mileage at 3600 rpm cruising than at 3000 rpm cruising from what I've noticed.
 

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Sorry, I misspoke. I think keeping the engine at or just below 3000 is what I want to do as this is just at the base of the torque curve. Twist your wrist at 3000 and see what happens! I'm not really concerned about my mileage. I know others are.
 

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Okay, let me try this again. A typical shift for me is as I go through 3000 rpm. It usually actually happens about one bar above 3000. If I am in traffic and want instant torque to avoid danger, then I don't make the shift to the next gear and just hold at 3000.
 

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You obviously put far far more thought into what you're doing on a motorcycle than me. That's way more technical than I've ever thought about any motorcycle I've ever ridden before.

The only reason I knew it tached up 3600 at 85mph is because I just spent a week staring at it doing that.........
 

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Thanks postoak, those numbers seem to match what I get too. I usually shift around the 3k mark, 4-5k when I have to punch it to get into the correct lane or pass someone. I really love this bike.
 

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I haven't been over 4k yet, and that's only been maybe once or twice. In all fairness the bike is only on its third tank of gas, and its enough of a thrill so far just getting up to there. I normally shift up at around 3k or less -- it seems plenty happy just putt-putting around at 2k! Once I get a little more comfortable with it I'll give it a bit more of a thrashing every now and then.
 

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The torque peak is somewhere close to 3000 just by feel. It pulls exactly the same from around 3000 all the way to about 6500 or so. I can't remember exactly how far I've seen it go past the 6000 red line before it actually rev limits it but it's not a whole lot.
 

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That's my 2014 Valkyrie when it was brand new and stock. I think the bike had about 500 miles on it when it was put on the dyno.
 

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That's great! Those numbers seem to vary between sources. There's nothing like actual measurements!
 

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Well this was a "trailer dyno" for rallies, events, etc. I wouldn't say it would be 100% accurate but I'm sure it's fairly close. I think it was $50 or $100 to have a few pulls on the dyno. I really just did it for fun not for fact.
 

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Hold that gear

Sorry, I misspoke. I think keeping the engine at or just below 3000 is what I want to do as this is just at the base of the torque curve. Twist your wrist at 3000 and see what happens! I'm not really concerned about my mileage. I know others are.
Oh yeah. Those shifting at 3,000RPM have apparently no idea of this engine's true output, the real power of this engine begins at 3K and goes up to 5,500. Hold 1 gear lower, hovering at 3.5K or above, and then twist to pass - it will be an true eye-opener.

That, or you'll simply poop in your pants when the car that was several car-lengths ahead of you is now so close you can read the rust marks on the license plate frame :eek:;)
 
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