Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Charlotte, NC & Murrells Inlet, SC
2nd Gear Starts
I had my Wing since November 2016 and I really didn't ride it much until March of this year. One thing I've noticed is that first gear seems very short (or low ratio) and you need to shift to second very quickly. I've started taking off in second gear occasinally when I'm in a flat area or a downhill grade. The torque of the big 1832 cc's can handle it without any problem and it really seems to smooth out the take off process.
My bike is a standard two wheel Wing and I'm not pulling a trailer, so I'm sure that the Honda engineer's planned for those things when they decided on the gear ratios. However, I'm curious if others are starting off in second on a regular basis.