idle and shifting speed

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idle and shifting speed

Post by maestro319 » Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:13 am

I have a 1986 GL1200 . i have reasd the owner's manual, but want to make sure of a couple of things:
1.) what is the appropriate "idle speed"? Mine is idling between 750 and 850 right now.
2.) under driving conditions, what are the proper shifting speeds...
1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd, 3rd to 4th, and 4th to OD
3.) finally, what is the lowest gear and speed to turn a corner (like pulling into a driveway,etc.)and, should you downshift while cornering ( I usually stall out when I try that), and, if so, at what speed?
I know, all "newbie" questions, but...I am trying to learn.
Thanks for your patience with me and other newbies people.

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Re: idle and shifting speed

Post by Mooseman » Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:28 pm

1. There should be a tag on the frame near the right foot peg that gives you the idle set for your bike and tune up specs. Mine is 1000 (+/- 100) at operating temp. I have it set around 950 rpm and is very happy there. The book says 800 +80 or so. But mine is a Calif. model, so I don't know if that makes a diffrence. Smog and all that good stuff.
2. Normal riding I shift 2800 to 3000 rpm. Start getting on it a little I'll take it out to 4000. After that it's what feels good.
3. corner speed gear depends on the corner. Usally 2nd gear for slow stuf and first for really slow stuff. Don't let the bike stall out. That's a good way to bite the dust. Learn to work that clutch (slip the clutch) when making tight turns. Good way to learn this is to find a parking lot and do figure 8's and do them sliping the clutch. Throttle and clutch control. Then as you get the hang of it, start making the turns tighter. Drag foot peg to foot peg. Plus always keep your eyes up. Remeber, you go where you look. Find an expierenced rider to work with you.
And as always, Enjoy the ride.
Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.

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