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shaft point
« on: September 19, 2007, 03:18:43 AM »
I have lost all but 15% of my hearing and I just picked up a 06 Electra. This bike is so quiet and with the wind blowing on my hearing aides I cant tell when to shift. If someone could give me some MPH shift points it would sure help.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2007, 05:00:15 AM by ROCKER »
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Re: shaft point
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007, 03:21:28 AM »
just feel the vibes you don't need #'s

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Re: shaft point
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 04:27:11 AM »
I have a four speed, I am sorry, I can't help you.  When you know the speeds to change you can then tell by the vibrations, but until then, you can't. It may be of use to get a tachometer fitted, so you can ensure you do not over rev the bike.
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Re: shaft point
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007, 04:30:48 AM »
without sound, you really don't know the difference between a motor that's lugging and a motor that's floating the valves.  I could be in too high of a gear  at a given speed and not have a clue if the motor is pinging or lugging.  The vibration works good enough for getting the bike in motion, I don't have any problem starting out without sound but from there, vibration wise is all the same.  
« Last Edit: September 19, 2007, 04:58:17 AM by ROCKER »
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Re: shaft point
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007, 06:45:28 AM »
There is a post somewhere with shift points noted, I can't remember where though. First gear should be only to 15mph, 2nd to 25, 3rd to 40? 4th to 50? 5th to 70?? I don't know, but that should be safe. If going up a hill, change down. Lugging an air cooled engine is not a good idea.
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Re: shaft point
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007, 10:36:03 AM »
I use a hearing-aid in each ear too, but I have to take them out when riding, because wearing them with a crash-helmet is too uncomfortable.  Fortunately I can still hear the engine, and my bike's exhaust is loud!  I can really understand your problem though, because there are always difficulties when you can't hear what everyone else can hear.  My hearing-loss in in the higher frequencies, and my aids correct this very well but they go to town on the sound of my engine, making it sound like a bag of nails when everyone else tells me it sounds great with hardly any mechanical noise at all.

I can't help you with approriate speeds for normal gear-changes because I have a 350 cc with a  4-speed box. But we learn to compensate for our hearing-loss by using other indicators and your Electra is a new bike to you.  I'm sure that given time, you'll get to know where you are in the rev range, and what gear you should be in. Enjoy the bike!

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Re: shaft point
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2007, 11:53:08 AM »
There is a post somewhere with shift points noted, I can't remember where though. First gear should be only to 15mph, 2nd to 25, 3rd to 40? 4th to 50? 5th to 70?? I don't know, but that should be safe. If going up a hill, change down. Lugging an air cooled engine is not a good idea.

This 'sounds' about right for when I shift.

Lower shift points when I'm in my neighborhood; high shiftpoints when I'm playing boy-racer.
Hills and loads change the equation slightly...

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Re: shaft point
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2007, 12:50:49 PM »
I have lost all but 15% of my hearing and I just picked up a 06 Electra. This bike is so quiet and with the wind blowing on my hearing aides I cant tell when to shift. If someone could give me some MPH shift points it would sure help.

Maybe a tach would help.  Some folks on one of the Yahoo groups have had good luck with this one:
http://www.tinytach.com/tinytach/gasoline.php
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Re: shaft point
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2007, 01:43:07 PM »
Get a performance kit with a loud exhaust. Tell the wife you need one so you can hear the engine. Loud is more fun. Love to listen to motor music.

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Re: shaft point
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2007, 11:38:23 PM »
Thank you all for the feed back this will help a lot. I thought I was shifting up early and it looks like I was.
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Re: shaft point
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2007, 01:32:58 PM »
I usually get mine in 4th at 35-40 mph and stay there. Just like the Indians, I like to feel the thump......Dew.
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