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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 2009, 11:15 am Thread Starter
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I vote for 4th - smooth on the twisties and forgiving coming off the throttle, plenty of top end (for me) cruizing around the back roads - seems I'm in fourth a lot..
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 2009, 11:39 am
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I vote for 4th - smooth on the twisties and forgiving coming off the throttle, plenty of top end (for me) cruizing around the back roads - seems I'm in fourth a lot..
Well, at red lights, the best gear is 1st for me.

It seems to me that the "best gear" is the one that matches the riding situation of the moment, and planning for what comes next.

The GT has wide torque and power bands. Other bikes are not nearly as forgiving or flexible, depending on your point of view. Enjoying the simplicity of a broad torque/power band is a good thing. Learning smooth shifting and how to choose the right gear for the situation at hand are useful skills, too.

Personally, I like those tight 2nd gear twisties ... but I like sixth too - especially when it is taking me home from work or traveling on the open road to take me somewhere new ... wait, wait, those 4th gear sweepers ... oh, my, the choices!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 2009, 12:05 pm
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All of them, as I've found a way to put a big, stupid grin on my face with all 6 cogs. I've even had some enjoyable moments in neutral!

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Well, I gotta confess I like all the gears. I do tend to hate first with traction control on. A graceful and soft hand, it is not.

I generally run fairly quick. So its very odd for me to say this. On the 12, I rowed a bunch. On the 13 I enjoy 6 an awful lot, even short shifting to get there. Nice and quiet, stealth bomber like, and very quick. 6th allows the chassis to stay stable and I get to focus on the turns with plenty of drive toward the end of corners to stand up the bike. Now, if I'm really hustling, yeah, I'll run the gears stiffen the chassis to the max and hope I don't induce too many gyrations/bumps/jolts. This "upsetting" of the bike I find GREATLY helped by proper weighting and body position. As a believer of fast is smooth and smooth is fast, moving around the bike (loading the front, sliding off, etc) is much more rewarding than I'd expect.

Ok... back to the shadows...

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 2009, 2:28 pm
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The best gear is whichever one I'm in at the moment, and the best corner/road/state is the one I'm approaching next.

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I've even had some enjoyable moments in neutral!


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Yes, that may be best for all of us.

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