Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Livin' in a Poor Man's Shangri, La. aka New Orleans
2016 here and riding in the congested narrow streets of New Orleans--lots of stop and go, school zones, 30-35 mph speed limits, threading through traffic, etc. IOW, not fast.
At 30 mph I am probably in 2nd, maybe third???, but probably second.
As been said these engines loved to be flogged, and run up, and run hard (the so-called Italian tune up). Depending on year, at least 2k rpms, maybe 3k for later models--according to the wisdom on the internet. And that feels right for control in city traffic.
So, the next question you may ask is where are the shift points, and that is definitely personal and depends on circumstances...may be 3500-4 k or higher. If I am not hooliganing and in well paced city riding, probably 4k, though I use engine braking a lot in the city.
If you are under 2 k, you are lugging the engine.
I will add that when I got the 2016 it replaced a 2009 roadster. On that 2009 I felt like I was always searching for the gear between 2nd and 3rd in the city. On the 16, one of the first things I noticed was how it felt better geared for city traffic.
Last edited by Dr. Strangelove; 09-May-2019 at 07:30 AM (521).