Thank you kindly Kenny. That is really helpful. I think I'm like you and prefer to keep the revs on the high side. So if I cruise at 70 in 4th gear on the 300, that shouldn't be a problem? Or at 50 in 3rd? I can still feel some juice in the throttle at those speeds in the specific gears I mentioned. There's no tach, and this is my first bike, so I'm constantly juggling between worrying about lugging and going in the red line zone.Hammad,
You can probably shift into 5th gear before 50 MPH and into 6th gear shortly there after without any fear of lugging the engine.
You are not going to hurt the CB style engines keeping the RPMs up to your liking. I tend run at higher RPMs than many other riders who are riding similar equipment.
On my 500 Rebel I am getting slightly more than 70 MPG using 87 octane gasoline and I am not using any oil so I am satisfied that my higher revs are not hurting anything. If you get into an emergency situation, and need power in a hurry, the higher RPMs will give you instant throttle response.
Ride how you are most comfortable and when get a chance try to ride with some seasoned riders and watch how they ride. There is no substitute for experience.
Thanks so much Jskafff, I've learned a lot about riding at this forum, even after taking our equivalent of the MSF course. How about the other side though. Could I be going 45 miles in fourth gear? is that pushing the red zone?OP - Some might differ, but on my 300 that seems a bit too soon for 2nd gear. If I'm in traffic and really easy on the throttle I shift sometimes at like 12mph but less than that and the motor doesn't seem happy with it for me. If I remember right I think 12 in second was pretty low at like 2500rpm or something. Shifting about 15mph gives me the smoothest acceleration in 2nd.
hammad - Regarding the "juggling between worrying about lugging and going in the red line zone" statement. Even at only 55-60mph, 6th gear is perfectly safe. I had a tach on mine for a few weeks when I bought it to help see what the bike is doing. Even at 60mph, I believe the rpm's were around 5500. Like others have said, it's your preference where to keep the revs while cruising, but definitely don't worry about lugging the motor at that speed.
45 at 4th gear is fine there's plenty of space. The gears wind up way higher than I think a lot of people realize. If you finished the break-in period and you're feeling up to it, pin the throttle until you hit the rev limiter just so you get a feel for the rev range. For a torquey cruiser it's a much bigger range than I originally thought would be there. I think the limiter kicks in at like 10,700rpm or so.Thanks so much Jskafff, I've learned a lot about riding at this forum, even after taking our equivalent of the MSF course. How about the other side though. Could I be going 45 miles in fourth gear? is that pushing the red zone?
I was off quite a bit. I’m doing 21mph At 5,000 rpm. Always seems like there’s not much of a point over 5,000 rpm.On a 500, 15-16 mph is on the order of 5k rpm I’m guessing. Which isn’t real comfortable even on the freeway. I’ll pay attention tomorrow what it actually is.
https://www.northumberlandnews.com/community-story/5753209-motorcycle-road-test-honda-cb300-a-good-machine-for-any-level-of-rider/Nah nah, check your facts instead of guessing. Same engine as the cbr models, and they hit their limit at 9000, their general max is 8000. So it's the same for the Rebel too.
Ah yes, you're right, my bad, carry on.https://www.northumberlandnews.com/community-story/5753209-motorcycle-road-test-honda-cb300-a-good-machine-for-any-level-of-rider/
10,500 on the 300. I think you're thinking of the 500.
I made that rookie mistake a few months ago, slowing down from a fast road then made a turn at a junction without needing to stop, changed down too many gears & into first, pulled away back wheel spun out & nearly lost it.My wife has the the 300 and I've ridden it a lot. What Kenny said was pretty much right on the money. 5th is great at 40 mph. At 70 mph, cruise in the highest gear possible, then downshift for passing.
The 300 wants to shift out of first at no higher than 15 mph. BUT, if you're already moving, there's nothing wrong with taking a 10 mph turn in second. It's way easier to control the throttle.
NOW, one thing no one has mentioned: If you're turning and still in first, you should NOT be controlling speed with the throttle as much as with the clutch! A tiny blip of the throttle 12 mph jerks you and the bike around. But the clutch make for much smoother speed control at low speeds. Remember your MSF course!
(Disclaimer: I've actually never taken the MSF course , but I've got 20 years experience on everything from dirt bikes to FJR1300's.)