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Old 04-07-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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Noob question about RPMs

Yup. Noob here.

I have a 2013 F800GS. When cruising down the road, where do I want my RPMs to be?

Feels right around the high 2000s, but maybe that's just me. Thought I'd ask.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:14 AM   #2
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From one noob to another. I don't let it go below 3K but then again, do what feels right. People who like lots of available power probably let it sit higher in the range *I know I have.

P.S. There is a noob section for questions like this. Perfect place to ask all kinds of noob questions. Look for mine!
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:40 PM   #3
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P.S. There is a noob section for questions like this. Perfect place to ask all kinds of noob questions. Look for mine!
Wow. This makes me more noob than all the other noobs.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:56 PM   #4
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Wow. This makes me more noob than all the other noobs.
here you go:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=639349
there is another one intitled something like question and answer thread, not able to find it though.

here is the general index if you're looking for something specific:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=415604
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:02 PM   #5
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When I bought my 2010 bike, it was suggested that between 4k - 6k was the optimal range. Personally, if I go below 3k, it's time to consider changing down. Cruising happens around 4000-4500. When touring long distance, this usually provides some great mpg! Having a blast, it's generally a little higher than this.

Trial and error . . .
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:11 PM   #6
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F800 seems to really like running 4000 and above.
It will tolerate revs down to 3000, on flat ground, or decelerating, or in the lowest gears.
I would not run it any lower than that on regular basis, unless you are trying to get the last 100 miles on remaining fuel, or some such dire circumstance.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:26 PM   #7
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Just for safety's sake, keep the revs where a good twist of the throttle will get you out of harm's way. You will figure that out as you get used to the bike.

If you are down to your last bit of fuel and you are not sure if you are going to make it to the next station, putt along as low as possible, and draft trucks if it's looking really desperate. Constantly consider safe places to stop along the road if you do end up running out.

Damn these tiny fuel tanks.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:08 PM   #8
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I find I get the best fuel mileage and less vibration between 3000 and 4000. There is plenty of torque at that rpm to do most anything. You can run higher rpm, but what do you gain except you burn more fuel. I notice the acceleration tends to drop off above 6000 rpm.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:42 PM   #9
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I find I get the best fuel mileage and less vibration between 3000 and 4000. There is plenty of torque at that rpm to do most anything. You can run higher rpm, but what do you gain except you burn more fuel. I notice the acceleration tends to drop off above 6000 rpm.
Actually, it's not true. In the canyons, I've run at 5k rpm all day and have got 45+ mpg. So far for me, the gas mileage killer has only been high speeds - 80 mph+. The mileage is great till 60, and tapers off sharply after that.

To the OP - try listening to the bike at above 5k, you will never want to go back
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:06 PM   #10
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IMHO it would need to be 3k to 4k minimum when rolling in 5th or 6th.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:53 PM   #11
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It's wherever you feel the most comfortable and usable to you for the situation you're in.

Everyone's opinion is just that, based on how THEY ride, not you. there is no "Right" answer to something that's so subjective.

Just experiment and find what works for you. Just have fun and don't think too much about it, you'll fall into whatever it is.

The only time I watch the tach is when I'm pinning it and going through the gears to make sure I change right before/at redline. If i'm watching the tach otherwise, i'm not watching the road/trail and am asking for trouble. Same when I was racing, once you get an ear for your bike, you'll know where it is.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:50 PM   #12
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I have a 2013 F800GS. When cruising down the road, where do I want my RPMs to be?
I'd say at least 2500 rpm, but as others said, you want to always be in a position to be able to swiftly accelerate (without having to dowshift first) to get out of harm's way. That typically means staying above 3000 rpm or so.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:34 PM   #13
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I'll second the "whatever feels right to you". Used to run the revs a lot lower until running an S1000RR around the track at 14-15K rpms.

Then 4K doesn't seem so high.
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