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C50 Shift Points

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Hello again,

Are the shift points listed in the C50/VL800 manual for real? They seem to recommend early shifts...I don't have the manual in front of me, but I think they're something like 10, 19, 25, 30 MPH...

Anyway, I'm not a "thrasher" and I'm in the break-in period, so I understand the effect of high RPM. However, I am also aware of the ill effects of "lugging" an engine, i.e., too-low RPM for the gear selected.

I just wondered if you all wind the RPM's a little more than what the manual says, and what your thoughts are on this (including break-in). Nothing drastic mind you.

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1st to 2nd looks about right but the rest ?

It looks like these may be "Minimum Speed" shift points.

I may be wrong.

During break-in, Varying the rpm is the most important thing. I would rather go a few rpm's higher in short bursts, than lugging the engine.
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