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Old 03-30-2011, 08:36 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by sandbarmark View Post
Yeah, we all do it. Been thinking about getting a gear indicator but I don't think that would stop me. I'd just say to myself, "That doesn't look right," and try anyway.
Yup, my triumph had one and I did that all the time..

Originally Posted by KSims1868 View Post
Haha...I have to too.
But I'm looking for 6th...not 7th on my bike.
Yup, I too look for 6th now but out of habit and not because I feel I "need" it.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:37 AM   #22
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I don't look for it anymore on any of the 6 speed bikes. Most are geared to the moon anyhow, and I'm not racing anymore either.
On my Bandit though I'm always looking for 6th. (it's a 5 speed)

Funny story: a few years back I was working with a certain well known roadracer at TWS (Texas World Speedway). He was running a 636 with STOCK gearing. When I told him he'd get a better drive by going down 1 on the c/s his reply was that he was already topping out in 6th on the front straight.
I asked him to go out in the next session to check and he walked away grumbling "I know my bike, crazy old man doesn't know what he's talking about."
He went out and counted coming down the straight; 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th? When did e 636 get a 7th gear?

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:37 AM   #23
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see, the problem is our shifters only go up and down. whereas 7th is actually up and to the RIGHT.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:43 AM   #24
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i only found it on my bicycle.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:06 AM   #25
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:15 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Princess View Post
I sometimes try twice just to make sure.
I used to do that on my R6. The triumph has the gear displayed on the gauges
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:24 AM   #28
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:26 AM   #29
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:29 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by cedestech View Post
Am I the only one who randomly looks for it.....

I compare the angle between the tachometer and speedometer. If the the needles are parallel I am in 5th. Most of the time though there is no time or isn't safe to focus on the gauges for that...
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:36 AM   #31
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Had a Vstar that i never could find 6th gear on - and knows it needed it....

never find myself looking for 7th though..
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it doesnt, i got one and still did it once in a while

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Old 04-07-2011, 08:33 PM   #35
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:41 PM   #36
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Am I the only one who randomly looks for it.....

All the time on my FZ1.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:53 PM   #39
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This is one of the only two gripes I have with my CBR1k. It doesn't have a gear indicator and it doesn't have a fuel gauge.

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