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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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For those who helped me on my other post about engine overheating. It's all fixed! Thermostat was stuck. I've been racking up the miles since then. I've let others ride it and they simply cannot believe it has over 250,000 miles on it. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.

So I'm wondering where you all shift at? At what rpm range?

I find myself thinking that I'm not using the engine properly because I spend most of my time never getting above 5500-6000 rpms. Usually around 4000. Now, with the high mileage I'm certainly not going to ring it out but, I also don't want to lug it. That can be worse for an engine.

My buddy rode it and was shocked at the power ( he rides a Suzuki TL1000) saying at 6000 it just keeps on pulling hard. Which it does. And yes I have put it up to those higher revs. But holy cow was I flying!! So the question may be, am I shifting to early. Perhaps I should stay in 4th longer? If that's the case what is 5th gear used for...the autobahn lol

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 01:07 PM
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I almost never rev my 07 FJR above 5000 rpm with regular riding, except when in the twisties {between 4 and 6 thousand} as I like to keep it in as low a gear as possible, for engine braking and quick response. {especially when going UP the mountain, as it sucks to get past the apex and not have any OOMPH as you head up the next incline, and have to downshift}

I do always run her through the gears once or twice on every ride, usually when getting on a freeway somewhere, or if not there, because of traffic, on the 1/4 mile between the interstate and my street as there is almost never traffic there, but usually not more than a couple of gears up to 8000.

I rev it up more often now, since Rayzerman took apart his buddies "babied" FJR and it was all carboned up.

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RevolutionS Per Minute. No S at the end.

I know, that was mean. Sorry.

Going by your avatar you have a Gen1. Those have the lowest final drive ratios of all the FJRs. You are already turning more RPM than the newer bikes when in fifth gear. If you are reluctant to shift to fifth think about those poor fellows riding the '16 and newer version with 6 gears.

I truly believe the FJR motor will let you know how it wants to be shifted. If it lugs you will feel it. If it's wound up too high in the RPM range you will feel that too. I say ride the thing the way YOU like to ride it. If you do wear it out, buy another one. At 254K miles that FJR owes you nothing. I would say it has paid for itself.

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RevolutionS Per Minute. No S at the end.

I know, that was mean. Sorry.

And flat out wrong. He used RPM's so it's about something the RPM owns.
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The FJR doesn't develop full horsepower until 7000 rpm, taking it to 5-6000 occasionally isn't going to hurt it at all, in fact good for it IMHO. Just don't ride like gramma and carbon it up. It loves to shift at 4000 rpm. It's a performance motor. No need to take it to the rev limiter (9200).

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Awe man, the tach goes all the way to eleven.

Short shift 2nd and 3rd a few hundred RPM, and take it to redline in 4th. Most performance cars will show their dominance once you hit 5th. That's for the newer geared five speeds. And note there is less than 1k RPM between most gears so keeping it around 8k is where all the fun is.

Normal lollygagging around shifts for me are ~4k.

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Persistant Traffic Offenders is all you guys are....................................
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Not all of us.

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It's nice to get up to the speed limit REAL FAST every now and then.
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Speaks the guy that drag races FJR's with me on long straights in the country.
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