I understand not lugging it and hammering bearings. I don't understand how running nearly 3,500 rpm in 2nd is "lugging" this bike. Seriously, am I supposed to tell my sister to never upshift until at redline? Heck, look at Buell's suggested shift points (for cruising, I assume).


The hammer/brick analogy isn't quite right. You'd be hitting the brick faster at higher rpms, not holding it looser. Unless the bearings somehow become elastic. Not that I can think of a better example, but I do know what you were trying to get at.

By the way, nothing to drill in the exhaust, it's a Vance & Hines (stated in 1st post).

Thats for break in =