Excellent. This is so appropriate for this topic. We each have to test truth for ourselves." Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. " ~ The Big Buddha.
Amen Larry. First I get a VHF radio telephone and then it's a bag phone, but that's not good enough, so it's the Star Tac flip phone, a smart phone and then the latest Android and now an iPhone. Actually there was allot of other phones that didn't get mentioned. Are we ever happy with what we got?My motor runs very smooth. I can't tell the difference in feel between 3,000 and 6,000 rpm's. ( I know... look at the tach.)
It is the energy required to push the weight of the motorcycle/weight of rider and wind resistance.... which dictates the amount of fuel used, not the rpm's of the motor.
A friend of mine bought a Victory Vision. Big V-twin with saddle bags, rear trunk, full front fairing and the likes. His gearing is such that his bike could go 150 mph. He says his bike is at 2500 rpm in 6th gear at 85 mph.
My 1500 at 3,000 is going 65 mph. We rode the mountain passes... so our speed was up and down.... but there were times we needed to go 85 to get around the slow pokes.
He and I rode 200 miles together. We both fueled up at the same station.... rode the same speed........ gassed up together again and I used .10 less of a gallon of gas than he did.
By the way.... on a balls to the walls speed test.... I stayed right with him. Just so you know that this 1990 technology still can pull it's weight against the new stuff.
My carbs against his fuel injection.... I am a proud father to my baby.
It is in your mind, the need for 6th gear. Cuz others have it.....