I have over 84,000 miles on a gen III 5 speed. And around 22,000 miles on a gen IV 6 speed....
At 85mph, my rpms in 6th gear are, IIRC, around 1,000 rpms lower than they were at the same speed on my 2014 in top gear. If someone tells you “there’s not much difference in engine rpm, you just have a sixth gear,” they definitely haven’t owned both bikes....”.
If I want explosive roll-on power, I want 5th gear. If I want to cruise at highway speed, I’m in 6th.
I don’t find much mileage difference between the two bikes at highway speed. I do find the decreased vibration from lower rpm’s to be noticeable.
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Last edited by Bill Lumberg; 07-26-2019 at 12:56 PM.