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    My blast doesn't shake badly at 50 in 5th, but it is a bit rough around there. That's kind of low RPMs at that speed for 5th, I'm probably in 4th more up to about 55. After 55, she's real smooth in 5th.

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    Please don't shift into 5th gear till 55mph - your vibrations are bad cause your lugging the engine - if you are over your break in period - never ride your bike in that manner again if you want it to last - that procedure is for seating the rings, however, prolonged usage of that procedure will trash your main bearings - it is only supposed to be done for break in.
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    Alright! What shift points do YOU recommend, friend?

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    Well - I usually take my bike all the way through its rpm range before shifting to the next gear - and usually I'm at 4000 to 5000 rpm cruising - 30 to 40 t0 50 to 60 - if I'm in a hurry I'll add 5 to that for the daily rider and take it to 7500 to almost 8000 if I'm in a hurry on the toy - usually though I rarely go past 1/4 throttle in city - no need - quarter throttle will take me past most cars in the wink of an eye - Jim Nance likes to tease me about my Blasts - he owns a Uly and a Stock Blast - when he writes of his visits to my home and the loaning of the daily rider to hit some Cali twisties - he always refers to the bikes as Buells that used to be Blasts - lol
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    Let's make is simple shall we?

    0-25 MPH = 1st Gear
    25-35 MPH = 2nd
    etc....

    What are yours?

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    No comment on this guys?

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    Off the top of my head, I can't remember and since my Blast ain't running, I can't go check. But I take a short stretch of freeway in my commute, I'm usually somewhere around here:
    1 - 0-20ish
    2 - 20-35
    3 - 35-50
    4 - 50-60ish
    5 - 60+
    I never check the spedo, its just based on feel and sound of the motor. I guess I run it just shy of the rev limiter, you kind of get a feel for where that is eventually. As well as bikes, I only drive stick-shift cars. No matter what I'm driving, I like to wind them up a bit and keep the revs high.

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    Will rev limiter bounce me back like in a car? How bad is it to actually hit it?

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    I'm not sure of what the technical explanation is, but it messes with the ignition so you can't rev past it. Trust me, you'll know when you hit it. I wouldn't make a habit of riding every gear to the rev limit, but you should find an empty straight road and rev it up there just so you know where it is. I just *know* when I'm getting close now without actually hitting it.

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    I know what u mean, man. I am like that in my Subaru. Often i do not even look at the dash for hours, as all i need is to see outside and hear the engine.

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