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Old 01-19-2014, 09:03 PM   #1
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The obsession with low revs on the highway

Whenever a new bike is introduced, members here wail and go on about how high the bike will be revving at 80, 90 or 100 mph.

I don't get it.

Perhaps I trust the manufacturer too much, but I always figure that they have designed the bike to be at an optimal rpm at 70 mph.

However, it seems that everyone always claims it is 'revving too high.'

Why do we dislike bikes revving high? Is it longevity concerns? Vibration? Noise (that can probably be fixed by putting the stock pipe back on). Or just a subjective aesthetic concern?
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:27 PM   #2
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Quite simply, they are brick stupid..


They don't understand that the wind resistance increases exponentially the faster you go. Their bike goes just fine at 10 mph in second gear at 2,250 rpms... So 3,500 at 70 mph is ok.

They don't understand that all engines have a sweet spot.

They don't understand that you need to hold the next gear a little longer than the last one as you accelerate.

They don't understand they are lugging their engine riding in top gear around town at 50mph.

They don't understand that the manufacturers put TALL gearing on the bike to pass emissions.

They can't comprehend that an engine can return better fuel economy and a longer service life if ridden at speed at a higher rpm. It goes against everything they "know".



That is all.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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Low RPMs are less "stressful" on the rider when doing lots of miles.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:35 PM   #4
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Low RPMs are less "stressful" on the rider when doing lots of miles.
How?
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:46 PM   #5
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Low RPMs are less "stressful" on the rider when doing lots of miles.
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How?
They don't stress about their bike revving...
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:55 PM   #6
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How?
Its just the way it is.

Go ride a 250cc bike 70 mph at 6500 RPM's for 500 miles on the freeway, then ride a big displacement cruiser 70 mph at 3000 RPM's for 500 miles on the freeway.

It will be self explanatory.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:02 PM   #7
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They don't stress about their bike revving...

Perhaps your riding style and choice of bikes has been limited in scope and you simply can't appreciate things outside your experience?
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:38 PM   #8
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Its just the way it is.

Go ride a 250cc bike 70 mph at 6500 RPM's for 500 miles on the freeway, then ride a big displacement cruiser 70 mph at 3000 RPM's for 500 miles on the freeway.

It will be self explanatory.




You may want to reread the first post again.
He wasn't talking about two different size bikes.
Or else I completely misread the post...but I don't think I did.



Peak torque for my bike is 7250 rpm, this puts the bike right at 70 per cent of the 10,500 rpm range.
I think they got it spot on for highway cruising.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:04 PM   #9
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You may want to reread the first post again.
He wasn't talking about two different size bikes.
Or else I completely misread the post...but I don't think I did.
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Why do we dislike bikes revving high? Is it longevity concerns? Vibration? Noise (that can probably be fixed by putting the stock pipe back on). Or just a subjective aesthetic concern?
I took it to be a generic question about high RPMs, maybe I was mistaken.

I have owned a lot of different bikes in many configurations, and have found the ones that can cruise at lower RPMs to be more relaxing to ride for long distances.

I was simply relating my personal experiences and opinions.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:09 AM   #10
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my VFR sits on 5000rpm at 120km/h. Humms my balls nicely. Why change that?
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:26 AM   #11
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Many bikes are designed to rev and there is no effect on longevity. Those bikes are typically very much over-square, big bore, short stroke. The manufacturers know what they're doing.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:47 AM   #12
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I understand why people want their bikes to run lower RPMs on the highway....noise and vibration would be the two big factors. IMO high frequency vibrations will fatigue the rider faster than low. I think the other misconception is they feel the bike is underpowered or geared wrong when the RPMs run high.

It all depneds on what the bike was desinged for and the engines size. My little 4 banger Ford runs at 3100 RPMs at 75 MPH....my big Dodge pickup with a V8 runs the same speed at 2200Rpms....I don't fault the Ford for that...its got half the engine but also gets 3 to 4 times the MPGs....

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Old 01-20-2014, 04:48 AM   #13
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:51 AM   #14
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There is less engine wear and lower fuel consumption at low RPM above the engine minimum full load RPM which can vary. This is the minimum RPM where the throttles can be fully opened and not cause excess bearing wear. Lugging an engine, is bad. Spinning one fast does use more fuel when running at part throttle. High RPM camshafts will lose efficiency at lower RPM. This is why variable valve timing is now popular.

The engine mfg should have a set of fuel consumption per horsepower curves. As you change camshafts etc for higher power and RPM, the minimum fuel consumption point moves to a higher RPM. This is why some of the little 600 sport bikes get such awful fuel economy.

To me the character of an overdrive low RPM bike is less tiring on a longer trip. I will trade off a little peak power for that or get a variable valve timing bike, and live with the increased complexity. YMMV

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Old 01-20-2014, 04:52 AM   #15
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what is low revs

middle of the tach?
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