I spent a great week on the wicked twisty roads of southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. My `15 XCT has Witchdoctor muscle baffled slip on`s and Loyd`s EFI tuner. Bike will not find happy place in the torque curve to handle tight twisties. I have to keep bike in lower gear and higher rpm. Is 3200 rpm normal for this bike with this set up? Seems like at that rpm it runs out of torque quick and now I'm tap dancing on the shifter to keep it on the pipe. I guess I need a GXR, but the 670 miles one way to get there is an awesome ride. I'm open to feedback. Godspeed.
Yes 3000 and above in a lower gear 3,4,5 is normal. in the twisties.
6th is just for plodding down the interstate on flat ground at 70 or so.
Just because it will go up hills in 6th doesn't mean it is the best choice.
I run the PCV and set it up with the extended rev limit because I hated it falling on its face at 5000. That helps.
The Loydz ATS will help ( LLOYD'Z: Adjustable Timing system, LLOYD'Z Motorworkz
) which corrects the emission timing to something more snappy. It just makes the bike more of pleasure to drive.
Rev em up, they like it and it's good for them as long as you warm them up first. The rev limiter is very good, Not a hard limiter.
It just winds the torque down above 4800. By red line they just won't go.
If the rev limiter is stock they run best between 3000 and 4800.
The limitation is electronic, not a breathing problem with the engine. When you set the rev limit higher with the PC-V it acts the same as it did between 4800 and red line, only the torque begins to fall off at a higher number and red line is moved up also. Gives you another 500 or so rpm of usable torque.
If you want need more power than that, cams are in your future.
These bikes have a very strong lower end unlike the other American brand. RPM is their friend.