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New rider - Highways and freeways

Mad Mike

Well-known member
Thanks, I am also a little concerned because I am still breaking the bike in too, I was told to ride the gears at under 3k rpm and getting past 80 its all 3k rpm, at least how im riding, any advice im a little confused?
Right from the book...
  1. During the first 80 km of riding, keep the engine speed below 3000 rpm in any gear. Do not lug the engine by running or accelerating at very low rpm, or by running at high rpm longer than needed for shifting or passing.
  2. Up to 800 km vary the engine speed and avoid operating at any steady engine speed for long periods. Engine speed up to 3500 rpm in any gear is permissible.
  3. Drive slowly and avoid fast starts at wide open throttle until the engine has warmed up.
  4. Avoid lugging the engine by not running the engine at very low speeds in higher gears.
Lugging -- this means operating in too low a gear. For this bike that's under 2000RPM when accelerating.

You should be running the engine to 3500 then shifting. When you are maintaining speed, stay in a gear that will keep you between 3000 and 3500RPM. Once you hit 800KM, you're done breakin -- you can ride her like a cowboy at a rodeo till you hit 1000KM. At 1000 you need to do the first first scheduled service, an oil and filter change and some minor adjustments and inspecting.

Once you hit 1000KM, you need the first Service. I think HD dealers charge about $400 for the first service, a bike shop will be $100-150, and if you do it yourself about $40. The only parts cost should be oil and filter.
 
Right from the book...
  1. During the first 80 km of riding, keep the engine speed below 3000 rpm in any gear. Do not lug the engine by running or accelerating at very low rpm, or by running at high rpm longer than needed for shifting or passing.
  2. Up to 800 km vary the engine speed and avoid operating at any steady engine speed for long periods. Engine speed up to 3500 rpm in any gear is permissible.
  3. Drive slowly and avoid fast starts at wide open throttle until the engine has warmed up.
  4. Avoid lugging the engine by not running the engine at very low speeds in higher gears.
Lugging -- this means operating in too low a gear. For this bike that's under 2000RPM when accelerating.

You should be running the engine to 3500 then shifting. When you are maintaining speed, stay in a gear that will keep you between 3000 and 3500RPM. Once you hit 800KM, you're done breakin -- you can ride her like a cowboy at a rodeo till you hit 1000KM. At 1000 you need to do the first first scheduled service, an oil and filter change and some minor adjustments and inspecting.

Once you hit 1000KM, you need the first Service. I think HD dealers charge about $400 for the first service, a bike shop will be $100-150, and if you do it yourself about $40. The only parts cost should be oil and filter.
that clears up a lot, thanks
 

Robbo

Well-known member
Depending on where you live, there may be some parts of the highway where you can jump on the highway and get up to speed without a lane change and then get off at the next exit just to get a feel for the speed. You can build from there.

My 1973 Honda CB350f has no trouble passing vehicles on the highway so your bike will be fine. Just keep your arms relaxed and squeeze your knees into the tank when it gets a little turbulent.

And last but not least Chewie...use the Force .


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Trials

Well-known member
For solo riding I'd be happy with a 390 single, unless I wanted to go way faster then the speed limit,
but I'm also only ~140 pounds wet and know how to get the most out of a motorcycle.

When you get a strong consistent side wind you will be leaning the bike into the wind most of the time :| that is simply how it works.
That is also why gusting winds and truck turbulence makes riding more difficult, don't spend a lot of time following transport trucks, the air is much better in front of them or well behind them.

Motorcycles love going fast, they make riding fast easy, if you want to try something really hard try riding one slow.
&duck walking doesn't count.

If you plan to do a Lot of highway travel in the future, consider a bike that has a full fairing designed with the assistance of a wind tunnel on your next motorcycle purchase, (aka Sport touring bike for solo riding or Touring bike for 2-up) they are well worth the extra money for that purpose.
 

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