I concur. Power mode is great when riding in the twisties, because there is also an increase in the "engine braking" effect. Whatever I want the bike to do it just seems to do, almost by magic it seems.pauljo said:Power Mode is also excellent when riding tight, twisty, hilly roads. I used it a lot in the Black Hills, and again in the tighter curves of hwy 62 west out of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It puts you in the right power band for that type of riding.
True; that's characteristic of all CVTs.Burger Bob said:Actually, if you consider how the 650's CVT operates, you'll note that the RPM and speed are not directly linked like a normal transmission.
None, of course. The tranny makes all the decisions for you. One exception. If you are in manual mode and trying for max acceleration with the 650, you want to shift up just before the rev limiter cuts in at redline. But most of us "well behaved" riders don't go there... :wink:NormanB said:What rider decisions are made with this info :?:
I had my 650 out for a short ride this morning. I checked the tach at an indicated 70 mph and it looked like 4500 rpm. I think that rpms increase quite a bit at 80 mph though - I just didn't have a safe place to check that this morning. I will probably check it later in the week.Timothy Ma said:I am thinking about purchasing the 650 and I guess I like to know how the engine "loafs" along at highway speed. My 400 is working at 60 mph (5300 rpms)
Is 5300RPM really working? I don't know that much about the 400s, but assuming it is somewhat similar to the 650 doesn't it redline somewhere near 8000RPM?Timothy Ma said:...My 400 is working at 60 mph (5300 rpms)...
I agree. Any engine is designed to work, normally they get into trouble if you underwork them (the old dear using it to run 2 blocks twice a day) or overwork them (long distance flat out).Brian said:
Sounds like you are happy with the 400. I'd say leave it at that and enjoy it. Run with it and save money too.Timothy Ma said:Hey yeah,
Thanks guys. I just needed to know so I can rationize purchasing the 650 or maybe not. Tough decision right now especially after taking it on an short highway holiday. The 400 handled it beautifully.