Ok help the rookie

How do I check the idle speed? Owners manual says set it at 1700-1900, how do you all check it. Thanks, be gentle I'm new 2002 426

I use a digital clamp-on tach. It clamps around the plug wire.

Tachometer. I have a Tach/Hour on my bike, it's made by Yamaha, measures the RPM and reads the hours, awesome investment :thumbsup:!

Tachometer. I have a Tach/Hour on my bike, it's made by Yamaha, measures the RPM and reads the hours, awesome investment :thumbsup:!

Much cheaper one than Yamaha

I bought the Yamaha just because I needed it right away, and the dealer had it.

I just set mine by ear according to the situation of the day. Not that important that it be exactly right, really.

I just set mine by ear according to the situation of the day. Not that important that it be exactly right, really.

Not trying to be overly anal about the rpm setting, but this is my first real track machine and I don't want to blow it up. What's redline? what kind of range do i have to play with here? 2k-7k? higher?

Thanks for the links to the gauges.

Redline? The engine makes it's peak horsepower around 9000 rpm, and the CDI unit cuts off the spark at 11,500. You can't really over rev the bike except by downshifting too far too early. In neutral, the rev limit is lowered to 6-7000.

Constantly running up against the rev limit isn't the best thing you can do for the engine though, but occasionally bumping it while you learn the bike is OK. The power falls off fairly sharply past 10,800 anyway, so you'll find yourself shifting just because of that.

Fair enough Thanks

I just set mine by ear according to the situation of the day. Not that important that it be exactly right, really.

That is what I was thinking..

Get it so that it sounds like it is idling smoothly.. :thumbsup:

That is what I was thinking..

Get it so that it sounds like it is idling smoothly.. :applause:

Sounds good, Berg :thumbsup:

I keep my idle a bit elevated, bike starts easy and stalls very seldom. :applause:

do any of u guys love the sound of the rev-limiter? i sure do :thumbsup:

do any of u guys love the sound of the rev-limiter? i sure do :thumbsup:
Puleease! I already hate the sound of four-stroke flatulance. Add the popping and stuttering of the rev limiter, and they start to sound like Sasquatch with the squirts... :applause:
do any of u guys love the sound of the rev-limiter? i sure do :thumbsup:
The sound of an engine being 1000 rpm past any useful power so that it can be slowly and senselessly destroyed? No.
Puleease! I already hate the sound of four-stroke flatulance. Add the popping and stuttering of the rev limiter, and they start to sound like Sasquatch with the squirts... :thumbsup:

I love the sound of the 450 thumpers! The only thing I miss about the ring-ding-ding-dingers is the smell of the exhaust, my personal favorite was the Bel-Ray MC-1...

Add 1 ounce of Maxima 927 Castor or Castrol R to each gallon of your fuel.

Add 1 ounce of Maxima 927 Castor or Castrol R to each gallon of your fuel.

Seriously? No ill effects?

None that I know of. Castor has a very distinctive and permeating aroma. It takes very little of it in the chamber to create enough of the smell to be detected. When we ran it in our big British race bikes, all 4-strokes, you could smell it in the exhaust just from the tiny amount getting by the valve guides.

Every now and then when I needed gas in the truck and it was late or I was broke, I'd dump some 40:1 castor premix in the tank. Smelled great, ran fine.

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