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    Accidentally took the bike to Redline and now I swear it runs BETTER

    Today in prepping for a ride, I started the engine and got it fully warmed, then revved it a few times as I usually do once warm to around 5 or 6k just to get the cobwebs out, and the "Throttle Lock" stuck on me. Before I could get it unstuck the tach hit redline (the bottom edge), so no harm done. Some here have posted that the bike was engineered for high RPMs and that running it up to redline once in a while is good for it.

    I don't want to start a debate, but I SWEAR that now, the bike runs BETTER. No more flutter or skip around 5k. Now, it's smooth as glass.
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    More cobwebs than you Thought.

    I take mine up to the line or even

    50-100 over at times.

    5k is where it starts to run.

    I think you are just getting to

    acclimate to the way it needs

    to be ridden.

    Now hold the throttle wide open

    and power shift 1 2 3 4 .

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    i run mine wide open all the time and use the gears to regulate ground speed
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    Love it.

    Yep. Agreed, gents. Those of us that came from larger bikes like a 1200 with six gears do have to "adjust" our thinking on where this bike is happy with revves. And as Purple suggested, some of us need to "Acclimate" to how the bike needs to be ridden.
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    Mine gets shifted at red line a lot. Got to make sure it is running right.
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    I usually shift just before redline.

    For me and my bikes that's enough.

    I use my ears though. WOT isn't the time to be looking at instruments.
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    I need a heads up display shift light.

    I came off a 1200 Bandit S so 10k

    isn't all that much.

    I love that "almost" rush of speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplecx500 View Post

    5k is where it starts to run.

    I think you are just getting to

    acclimate to the way it needs

    to be ridden.

    Now hold the throttle wide open

    and power shift 1 2 3 4 .

    Hello !!!
    Most fun way to ride it!
    Will also beat most other bikes out there off the line when ridden like this.
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    Dial up 4000 RPM and work the clutches slip zone a little while piling on more throttle sequentially.

    Delivers all sorts of bad behaviour.
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