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Re: when to shift
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2017, 01:49:48 PM »
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I like the idea of 90 mpg. I don't think I get anything near that.
Keep in mind that our friends on the other side of the pond are quoting UK MPG numbers and we are using US MPG.  1 Gallon UK is equivalent to 0.833 Gallon US, therefore, 90 MPG-UK is equivalent to 74.9 MPG-US.

I am averaging 67.3 mpg-us right now with my highest to date of 71.2.  As I learn to ride the bike my average is slowly going up.
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Re: when to shift
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2017, 08:58:46 PM »
When you feel the engine "stutter" change up.    :008:

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Re: when to shift
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2017, 10:06:31 PM »
Snow owl, I rather think 1gallon UK equals 1.2 US gallons
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Re: when to shift
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2017, 12:09:29 AM »
One 'Murican gallon is 0.832674 Imperial gallons. One Imperial gallon is 1.20095 'Murican gallons. You can't prove that I didn't know that off the top of my head.
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Re: when to shift
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2017, 01:40:12 AM »
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90 MPG-UK is equivalent to 74.9 MPG-US.

I am averaging 67.3 mpg-us right now with my highest to date of 71.2.  As I learn to ride the bike my average is slowly going up.
I have filled 6 times total, with >>>> link hidden <<<<
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We also apparently get on the higher side of mileage out of our Subaru....
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Re: when to shift
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2017, 07:15:59 AM »
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One 'Murican gallon is 0.832674 Imperial gallons. One Imperial gallon is 1.20095 'Murican gallons. You can't prove that I didn't know that off the top of my head.

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Back on topic, I don't see the point of reving the nuts off the bike if I'm in a steady state, so about to go up a 1:3 hill, need to accelerate past a car then probably need at least 4500rpm showing, maybe more. Cruising at 30mph on the flat, nothing in the way, then probably around 3000rpm. Calibrating the brain to cope with a bigger & slower engine / Smaller revier engine is all part of the fun. Try riding a 1 litre plus bike like a 125 and then the other way around is a good example of how you need to adapt for what you're riding, and what you need to do. My preference now is for more torque less hp, ie I don't have to rev to 10 000 rpm to get the performance I'd like. For me, the CB500x is at the lower end of my engine characteristics, 650 v-twins and 700cc cross plane engines nicely tick the box for me. YMMV.

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Re: when to shift
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2017, 08:10:07 PM »
When I first got the bike, I followed the advice in the manual and shifted around 3000 rpm. Im not a very aggressive rider and my acceleration is/was slow, which may account for the 2.8L/100km I was getting. In traffic though Ive had to become more assertive and am just now getting a feel for when the bike wants me to shift. Its a work in progress. Next Year Im thinking of taking a Adventuring riding course which I hope would good feel what the bike can and can not do.

I used to have a Zero, so no gear changes and with the torque 0 to 80 (kmh) was fast and quiet. Moving to the 500x the first thing I noticed that it wasnt going to be accelerating like that. Not at least without making some noise. Anyway I can imagine being accustomed to sports bike acceleration it might taking some time getting used to 500x.   
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