I don't use the manual mode either. However, I do use the power mode frequently as a braking feature. Many of the roads I ride on are steeper and more crooked than the Dragon and the power mode works very well on steep downgrades to keep the brakes from excess wear and overheating.I rarely use the power mode or even shift my burgman manually. Some like to use these two features when riding "The Dragon" in the Smoky Mountains. Anymore I just leave it in the normal auto mode.
Yes it's okay to shift from Drive to Power to Manual mode as you see fit while riding. No it won't shift in Power mode; its just a more aggressive mapping of the CVT power delivery system. Higher rpm "shift" points as it were.While on this subject, is it OK to accelerate up to higher revs in Power mode, then click out and into normal mode? The owners manual isn't very clear about how to use (or not use) it. My '09 only has 650 miles on it so far, so I haven't really pushed it hard. And is it OK to move into and out of manual mode at speed? Again, the manual isn't very helpful.
Oh, and can you shift manually while in Power mode?
I'm with DougInKY, I will manually shift into OD once I leave town and am running 55 ( the speed limit on my highway out of town) but other than that I leave it in Auto mode. I used the power button once just to say I used it, guess I drive like an old farmer so the power mode is Doo Daa to me.From what I see with my Exec, if I am above 45-60 mph Power mode isn't as useful as it is below those speeds. I have seen Power mode explained as a manual passing gear but I don't really see that. Maybe I am holding my tongue wrong or something.
That is what I would expect it to do. I have been able to go from manual 6th to auto and not have the rpm to go up but I was only running about 60 to 65 and on level or downhill grade in light winds. The majority of the time even at those speeds the rpm will go up but not as much as it does if I shift to manual 5th which tells me the ECM is selecting a ratio somewhere between manual 5th and 6th.I've tried shifting from manual 6th gear to auto mode at high speed and the RPM always goes up. There are no long hills in southern Florida to try a lighten the load to see what would happen. At high speed the wind resistance would keep the load high. BTW: I have a 2012 650 Exec.
Thats one of the few things about California I'm envious of - the other would be California Highway 1 above Frisco. One of the finest stretches of highways on the coast. It almost rivals what we call the North Cascades Highway - Washington Highway 20 that passes through the North Cascades National Park.* California, AKA: