What RPM should I ride my motorcycle at?

It seems like everybody has a different opinion about RPMs. My dad thinks lower is better for cruising but internet forums disagree. What RPM should I ride my motorcycle at?

Bonnie Stinson · Answered on Mar 30, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
In general, your RPMs should be between 2,000 and 3,000 while riding a motorcycle.
A better answer is “it depends”. It depends on whether you’re riding in the city or the country. It depends on what type of engine situation you’re working with. 3,000 RPMs could work for highway cruising but not elsewhere, for instance.
When determining the proper RPMs, you should have two goals in mind. Your first goal is to take care of your machine and avoid lugging. Your second goal is to maximize safety and control.
If you are riding in such a way that you can’t accelerate immediately by twisting the throttle, you’re either too high or too low on the power band. For instance, shifting into a lower gear means that power is available to you faster. This is simply the best way to ride safely.
Every machine is different—and every owner is different. You might like the purr at lower RPMs and prefer exploring side roads to freeways.
Our best advice is to experiment with your motorcycle and start by seeing how 3,000 RPMs feels. How much control do you have? How does the engine sound? How fast are you going?
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Hope this helps! Good luck with your bike.
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