What's more important, gear indicator or RPM monitor? - Honda Rebel 300 & 500 Forum
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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Unread 04-30-2019, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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What's more important, gear indicator or RPM monitor?

I am planning to buy both, but would like to get some input on what you guys think it's more important. A gear indicator or RPM monitor?


Me, I think maybe RPM monitor because I heard it's important for the first 800-1000 miles that you properly break-in the engine and tranny properly to maximize the life of your motorcycle. I heard you have to keep it under 4000-5000 RPMs for the first several hundred miles to wear it down right. Also, you can properly monitor idling to make sure it's in the right range. I read that with the Rebels you shift based on speed, but overall when it comes to motorcycle you are more supposed to shift based on RPM for engine/tranny health.


Would really like you guys' inputs on which you think it's more important.
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I have and vote for the gear indicator.

You'll know you're revving too high when your ass and hands gets sore due to prolonged vibration from revving too high.
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The gear indicator for me too. Revs can be monitored by feel easily because luckily the vibey engine begins to protest when it needs a higher gear. When running in, just keep away from the engine labouring at too low revs and away from the vibes I just mentioned - would be what I would do, anyway.

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gear indicator. easily prevents phantom shifts, or guesswork. you don't "need" to know what the rpms are when you shift, you just figure it out after a few days riding
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gear indicator. easily prevents phantom shifts, or guesswork. you don't "need" to know what the rpms are when you shift, you just figure it out after a few days riding
what are phantom shifts? when you hit a pothole or big bump and it shifts up or down for you?


i guess i am more concerned about breaking in the engine properly to prolong the life of the motorcycle, that's why i believe the RPM gauge is more important
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what are phantom shifts? when you hit a pothole or big bump and it shifts up or down for you?
that's what i call it anyway-when you're already in top gear (in this case 6) but you forget, and think maybe you're in 5, so you try to shift again, but nothing happens.
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If some kindly rider on here who has a tacho would investigate and tell us the road speed for say 3000 engine rpm for each gear, we could all work out where we want to place limits. I tried and failed to obtain this information from Honda UK. Anyone? Please?

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If some kindly rider on here who has a tacho would investigate and tell us the road speed for say 3000 engine rpm for each gear, we could all work out where we want to place limits. I tried and failed to obtain this information from Honda UK. Anyone? Please?

In 1-2 weeks I will be able to tell you. lol
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"...we could all work out where we want to place limits. I tried and failed to obtain this information from Honda UK. Anyone? Please?"

WHAT?

Please tell me your not going to go by the manual for shift points?
You can shift into 3rd at 30 mph or 60 mph, it ALL depends on how fast you want to go!

I'll also put my vote in for gear indicator.
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In 1-2 weeks I will be able to tell you. lol
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