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post #11 of 64 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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At what rpm do you make your 1-2 shift?
I'm sure it's below 3000 rpm by the topic of your post.
If you drive your Goldwing like an old geezer driving an old silver Buick, you may as well start off in 3rd gear.
Try holding off upshifting to at least 3000 rpm. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
I'm not riding like an "old geezer" and I generally get to the around 3K rpm's, it's just that the take off in second and not making the quick shift seems to be much smoother to me. In this case I was riding two up with my wife and I was trying to make it as smooth as possible for her.

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post #12 of 64 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 07:29 AM
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I start out in 2nd gear almost always.
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post #13 of 64 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 07:50 AM
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Second gear here too pretty much most of the time, first gear up hill or difficult starts where the clutch needs slipping for good control.

It's actually possible to take off in top gear...don't ask me how I know...ooops....
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Yep, second gear sometimes,

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2-up and/Or with my trailer on, 1st gear always. So, by habit, almost always start in 1st. However, if solo and trying my best to keep up with @MisterK or @stevegold I have to act like I'm in a drag race at every light! That is where I need to start off in 2nd.
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I'm a first gear type of guy. I like not having to rev the engine up to take off. I just glide off of the line.
Makes me look like I know how to ride.

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post #17 of 64 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 08:32 AM
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If it was made to start off in 2nd, there would be no first is my philosophy.
Less stress on the clutch,etc.

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Second when slow speed maneuvering in a parking lot or making an immediate turn coming off a light. Second gives better throttle control. First is too jerky at low speed.
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For the most part I will start out in first but quite often second gear is my choice depending on the circumstances. Bike does not mind it at all.

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The only guys that I have heard of here with clutch issues were doing "parade mode" or excessive amounts of continues parking lot maneuvers, living in the friction zone.

I think the Wing clutch is almost Bullet proof and will never wear out from a 2nd gear pull off here and there.


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