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  • Jason moore Apr 21, 2012

    the shift patterns are real simple. on any kind of bike especially a bigger 650 engine its easy to hear the rpms. u can top the gears out which puts the bike at a higher rpm. but the bike will let u know when its time to switch gears. you will hear a whining in the motor if u let the rpms get to high, or the bike will bog down and **** if u switch to soon. it just takes practice and getting to know your bike before you get the shift pattern down. tip: i always ride my new bikes down the road a little bit and get to know my bike before i really take it out on the road. it helps me build a bond with my bike.


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I want to know- if there is a big difference between a 2001 v-star classic and , say a 2005 or 06 v star classic. Are the newer ones lighter, or advanced in some way, enough to make a difference?

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You mean max speed to shift gears?
if you know your bike then it will tell you when to shift if you dont then get someone to teach you how to ride, if you redline it you will encounter the rev limiter. no tach is needed on any bike. FEEL IT and know. thats all there is to it. i too ride a xvs650. but also have had bikes ranging from 250 enduro to zx6r and r6. didn't need a tach of looked at it on any of them. when you feel the motor stop making you go faster then change gear, just like riding a bicycle. when your little legs cant go any faster you simply change gear...

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    Lee Mar 23, 2009

    if you have to watch the tach to know when to change gear then you are not watching the road ahead of you, get used to the bike and just ride it safetly. you will know if you over rev it as you will hit the rev limiter.

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    Lee Apr 03, 2009

    try that, free pdf service manual. sorry i cant read it to you but you can download it and see if the info you need is in there

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    Lee Apr 06, 2009

    the above is an actual service manual it should have what you are looking for

    1999 v star 650


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98fe700.jpg my 99 650 vstar

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