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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a 300 and so far I am pretty pleased. I have been looking through the forum quite a bit lately and I have watched a bunch of YouTube videos, and I am quite surprised by some of the performance that people are saying they get out of them. I don’t mean to start another “how fast does the 300 go” thread as I can see that there are plenty of those. I guess my questions are 1. How are people getting those speeds out of their bikes? Am I just shifting too early? I bought a tach that wraps around the spark plug wire to see where my RPMs are. I have always driven manual vehicles so I ride my bike in sort of the same way (shifting when it sounds right) but I wonder if the power is more top end then I think. 2. Does your 300 feel stable at those speeds? I have been riding around at around 50 mph or so, and the bike doesn’t really feel “planted” at that speed. I am 5’11” 235lbs and it feels a little like riding on ice at higher speeds. I am also new to road riding (I was never a great off road rider either) and I can’t help but wonder if the feel is just something I need to get used to. Anyway, thanks for your help
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Not me. I ride a 500 but... I feel the same way. Good to about 60 then it doesnít feel ďplantedĒ. Iíve had mine close to 80 on the interstate and it doesnít feel any better. Iím not worried though. Itís a solid bike and can handle that speed.
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I'm no expert, so others may want to chime in, but you may need to adjust the preload setting on the rear suspension to deal with the stability issues. I believe the default is position 2, which seems fine for my light weight frame (145 lbs). You may need to bump to position 3.

As a new rider, I've only made one limited test run on the freeway with my 300. Did a whole mile at 65 mph and it felt stable. The wind was actually the worst part of the experience. It definitely felt like there was more speed to be had if I wanted it.
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I have considered the suspension issue, but not thoroughly. I have only had it for 6 days and my mechanical skills are fair, but not enough that I’m comfortable tinkering with the suspension. The more I see other view points, the more I keep coming back to the thought that this may just be psychological...
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I have considered the suspension issue, but not thoroughly. I have only had it for 6 days and my mechanical skills are fair, but not enough that I’m comfortable tinkering with the suspension. The more I see other view points, the more I keep coming back to the thought that this may just be psychological...
adjusting the rear suspension is a matter of spinning the cap on the shock to a different setting. Only do one number at a time and give each adjustment time (about 30 miles or more) to adjust to the new setting before deciding to change it again.
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Are tyre pressures ok?
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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 07:29 PM
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Kyle if you do change the suspension it literally is very easy, you can see the adjustment on the rear shocks, it's just a matter of turning them in one direction or the other, from positions 1-5. it does come as '2' as was previously mentioned. i moved mine to 3 and was much happier with it going over bumps.

Not sure if the tool was included depending on what country you bought the bike in, but you can still get a cheap version of that pin spanner wrench for probably 5 bux.
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post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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I’ll have to check the tire pressure. It is literally 6 days from the dealership floor with 106 miles so it didn’t occur to me to check. I think I’ll tweak the suspension tomorrow before I ride. So no one can really relate to my instability comments...? That further makes me think that it’s all I’m my head. I will play with my suspension and SACK UP AND RIDE. Any thoughts on why I can’t get more speed out of my bike? I’ll install the tach tomorrow and report on some readings.
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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 07:37 PM
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Hi OP, yeah I was wondering the same. Have about 1000kms on my 300 - just finished breaking it in.

What was the highest rev you saw on the tach? The 300 rev really high after 2nd gear. 1st and second are really short IMO. 1st max out about 25kms and second at like 40kph (15 and 25mph respectively). You can really stretch 3rd and 4th though and that's where I find myself around time the most with decent pull in reserve if needed. Took me a while to get used to it by sound and feel, but my point is, you have to really give it a good rev to get the most out of each gear. If you think you're topped out in a gear, you probably still have a solid 2 or 3K Rpm left in the range, but it just feels like you're giving it everything because of the vibration...and there's lots of that!
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I really wouldn't start trying to rev it out until the break-in period is over. Once you're over 600 miles or so, it's a different bike.
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