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    Posted: 03 May 2018 at 11:45
Hey there,

New rider on MG California, 2017 and a fairly new rider.

What is the optimal RPM to change gears on my bike?

Is it better for the engine to wait until 4-5K RPM to shift, or at lower RPM?

Lots of different information and need solid advise from experienced riders.


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Dude, it's a Guzzi! You can ride it in different mindsets, chug-a-lug, calm cruising, or winding it on! Change when you fancy it - you can change low rpm and thud-thud-thud away, or you can rev it high and discover a whole new power band.  You'll quickly discover what's too low, when it doesn't pull as readily as it might.

You should be aiming to (learn to) change by 'ear' and conditions/circumstance rather than by looking at a number on the dial.

I own a different model California (an 850), so can't give you 'ball park" guidance, but I think there are some other 1400 owners on here who might be able to say "try aiming for this sort of rev band for a starter".

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There is no ideal rev band, more a feel depending what you want to do at low ranges they just chug ...midrange is great for bumbling but light 'em up (comparatively speaking) and you will be in illegal speeds rather rapidly
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Just keep it spinning freely.In deference to the transmission, especially the UJ,don't labour it in low rev's.This imposes shock loads on the drive train that you can well do without.Mr Richardson of Guzziology fame states that he always tries to stay above 3500 rpm on any Guzzi.Though trickling along in intermediate gears on a whiff of throttle through the traffic at say 2500 rpm should be fine.

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+1 with Barry, as with other vehicles, all depends on speed and load etc. at the time.


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