Bought my 2017 Rebel 300 today, couple questions for the vets..
Purchased my first bike today! Had a couple questions in regards to shifting: Thus far I shift like this
1st to 2nd 17mph
2nd to 3rd 25mph
3rd to 4th 33mph
4th to 5th 40mph
5th to 6th 50mph
Is this right? wrong? Its not even close to what the manual says but it feels right. To be honest I haven't even gotten passed 4th gear yet out of fear I will ruin the bike. bought it with 600mi on it so I believe im still in the "break in" period. As far as listening to the engine goes, the previous owner installed a "shotgun" exhaust which is very loud. I'm scared I may be waiting to long to shift, and due to how loud the bike is I may not realize I'm revving far to high. Its seemingly difficult to get an honest read without a tach, considering im a total noob and its my first bike ever, i just went off what I read on another thread. Again this is a rebel 300 not 500 so the shifts may be slightly if not drastically different. Please let me know what you all think!
Secondly, I was hoping someone could give me some advice on the downshifting gears and speeds associated with them, it seems like every time I attempt a downshift the bike jolts as if it will stall so I haven't attempted it more than twice. My best guess is that I am going to fast for the gear I am in (tried going from 3rd to 2nd at 19 mph and it jolted me pretty good, scary but no harm done just pulled the clutch back in, braked, and got back down to 1st). I am very curious about downshifting and how you all react when pulling up to a read light and it turns green. Do I slow to 12mph, drop from 3rd to 2nd and engage with some throttle??) I really dont know. Any and all advice will be truly appreciated. I have not even taken my MSF course yet I'm just riding around in my neighborhood.