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Join Date: Jun 2007
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wesdalton, I did take a test ride and researched bikes thoroughly before making my decision to purchase. However, money is an object to me and I don't have lots of it, like most people shopping the 800 class. Don't be confused with my objective, I love the bike and find it comfortable at most any speed. However, I would like to consider 5th gear as my cruising gear, not a passing gear.
It should also be noted that I have the c50T, which is the touring bike. The 800 class has not familiarized itself with touring "yet", but I predict it will be a very attractive concept for the price conscious buyer. I also predict that Suzuki and the other manufacturers catering to mid size engine touring bikes will either add a 6th gear or make a taller rear gear in the future.
On the subject of passing, how many cars/trucks have a low enough overdrive to make a quick pass on the highway? I have driven none, except for my Chevy Duramax pickup, which pulls VERY hard in 5th. However, most vehicles if automatic drop a gear when the throttle is punched, or if a manual, the operator drops a gear and hammers down. In a "quick pass" highway scenario, it takes me all of .5 seconds to drop a gear and git er' done.
I am not trying to start an argument with people, but I would be confident in saying that most c50/vl800 owners would prefer a 6th gear/taller rear drive if available.
Also, I offer this as a suggestion for folks with a tachometer. If you commute quite often, if applicable, I challenge you to cruise at 3500RPM whenever possible. After a tank of fuel, compare your MPG's to what you would typically get if not in the neighborhood of 3500 RPM's. My experience has been exceptional fuel mileage at max torque RPM.