Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: The Garden Of England, Kent
As highlighted already... I wouldnít recommended watching the rev counter, especially as a new rider as itís a sure fire means of getting yourself into trouble. Things pop up quickly, cars pulling out, potholes, bends etc, you need your eyes on the road as much as possible otherwise before too long a problem can and will present itself, if watching you revís, youíll lose precious, potentially life saving moments!
The bike has been designed to be revíd up to the rpm limit, and thereís a limiter anyway so donít worry about over revving. If you do find yourself bouncing off of the limiter on a regular basis, youíve probably bought the wrong bike. Having said that there is so much low down and mid range torque that I donít find a need to ring the bikes neck. Also as mentioned, donít labour the engine by changing up too early as this places undue stress on the engine. You want clean excelleration with no shuddering from the engine.
So in short thereís no exact rule on where to shift, itís based on feel and your ridding style. If Iím cruising, as I most often do, then I suspect Iím changing up around 2500-3000 rpm. In this case I tend to find the correct rpm for any given gear when cruising is just over 2000 rpm. Thereís plenty of access to the torque from there. If pressing on a bit Iíd guess I change up at 6000-6500 rpm.
Hope that helps.