Trent McDonald
Hello everyone,
I have purchased a 2017 Indian chief Dark Horse, and have had large number of sports bikes all over the world before owning the best bike ever. I realize it's a totally different way of riding and I see a lot more of the country side without a sore backside. Now my question is, do you ride in a higher gear and keep the rev's down. Put it this way at 60kms should I be in 3rd or 4th gear as on a sports bike I would be deciding between 2nd or 3rd.

Would love to hear all your comments
Regards
New Indian Rider

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stevenlb21
Hi zTrent, I tend to ride in either 4th or 5th gear around the city but on the freeways it into 6th you should be able to gauge on engine sound even without looking at the tachometer.
Cheers......Steve
Penrith, NSW

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V-Twin
I aim to sit on about 2,300rpm - 2,600rpm at whatever speed.  In the owners manual, there is also a recommendation of when to shift up... just as another source. 
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Melbourne, Victoria
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Dr.Shifty
I  used to ride in 3rd at 60 around town, 4th at 80 etc. Then I started tuning the bike with a PVCX and now the motor is running more smoothly and I'm in 4th at 60, 5th at 80, 6th above 90.
Cheers, Kim.

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crash
There are two types of riding I guess, just cruising and under power.  You can't rev these beasts too high so under power you would be working through the gears pretty quickly but when you are just cruising I normally find that 3rd / 4th is pretty good at 60, 5th is 70 and 6th is 80+.
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Dr.Shifty
crash wrote:
  You can't rev these beasts too high



Very true.
And .... the rev limiter is set about 5,500 rpm, but the tacho is very laggy so under hard acceleration my tacho only gets to about 4,500 when the bike hits the rev limiter. Luckily the bike is so torque driven that being in a higher gear will always get you there whereas a lower gear runs out of room too early.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Cloud
same Crash, 60 4th, 70 5th, 80+ 6th
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2016 Chief Dark Horse
with a few modest mods
NOR Perth WA


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Trent McDonald
Dr.Shifty wrote:
I  used to ride in 3rd at 60 around town, 4th at 80 etc. Then I started tuning the bike with a PVCX and now the motor is running more smoothly and I'm in 4th at 60, 5th at 80, 6th above 90.
Can you explain what a PVCX is, cheers
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V-Twin
Trent McDonald wrote:
Can you explain what a PVCX is, cheers
Try this thread mate.

http://www.indianmotorcycleforum.com.au/post/dynojet-power-vision-cx-flash-tuner-for-indian-8270930
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Melbourne, Victoria
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Croc
Hm, don't know about what a PCVX is all about or care too much about what a manual says (to an extent).  I go old school, the bike's performance & revs are all I react to when picking gears.  It's worked for me for years now, so I'm going to stick with that.  Regardless, enjoy the bike & try not to under-rev.  ðŸ‘
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