Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston, TX
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Welcome fellow Texan. Hopefully we'll be getting a group ride out to the Austin area together after the holidays and we can all meet up.
IMO, I would pay attention to your RPMS, and not speed when it comes to gears. Once you're lever are adjusted for you, shifting will become easier. Keep the RPM in the higher 7K+ range if you want to get up and go faster. If you're just commuting around town, keep them around 5K. When you get to 5K shift. I personally try to keep my RPMs low, 3-5K, and engage in 6th, final gear, by 35 MPH to save gas. Everyone is different, so just find a range that works for you.
As you slow down, shift down, release the clutch, and remember to keep your motorcycle in your target RPM range. Down shifting also helps slow the bike down too.