Why have 6 gears on bikes?

My fz6 is still revvy in top

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    If it is revvy in top gear, then your clutch is slipping. Soon you will not move forward at all. You need a new clutch. Have a bike mechanic assess it for you. I can only go by what you say(guessing at what you are trying to say)...and translate it as best as I can into mechanical language.

  • fuzzy
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Depends on the state of tune of the engine. Highly tuned engines have a comparitively narrow power band & need more gears to keep the engine in it.Lower tuned engines have a wider power band & can get away with fewer gears. Extreme case the Suzuki 50 cc Grand Prix bike which had a 14 speed gearbox!

  • 5 months ago

    I Love 6 speeds. The VStar and old Honda Four, only 5. Great for in town, less shifting, but Kinda "buzzy" on the freeway. Heck, I remember only 4 on my older Triumphs and Baby Hondas. 3 on my WLA. thought 5 on my '78 Bonnevile was Cool.

    My Harley mutters at 80 in 6th. I averaged 46 MPH on way home from Mormon Lake at 80 .

    I saw a Heritage Softail for only $6900, but, an '05 with only 5 speeds. 88 inch engine, too, not enuff. No....

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    It Saves Fuel and 5 gears are not enough

    • Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      4 were great on my 1953 Ariel 350 and 5 is great on my R65 BMW

      Horses for courses Imagine my Black night with 6 gears

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  • Fred
    Lv 5
    5 months ago

    Race regulations only allow 6 different gears. The larger percentage of industry follows suit.

    Why 6 gears? It depends on what you ride, the way you ride, and the performance you demand out of the bike.

  • 5 months ago

    because 5 wasn't enough

  • 5 months ago

    I find myself wishing for another gear on my Fazer 1000 sometimes, so I can appreciate your frustration. Try changing the rear cog with one less tooth. That will alleviate the top end problem but you'll sacrifice acceleration. I don't think it will be drastic, however.

  • 5 months ago

    To confuse riders, it's that easy.

    6th gear is like over-drive, nice for cruising down the highway at lower RPM but worthless for power.

    Source(s): Riding/racing for 55+ yrs.
    • Cap'n. America
      Lv 4
      5 months agoReport

      The Honda Might go to 120 in a "few seconds" in 5th but I want to Live until full retirement...

  • 5 months ago

    Gears allow the revs to be kept in the usable torque range for a given engine. You need six on a FZ6; those motors are relatively gutless and if you want to make swift progress you have to use the revs and 'box. The gearbox doesn't make an engine less buzzy; it is what it is. The job of the gearbox is to allow the rider to make best use of the engine's power (torque) characteristics

    • Rightman
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      My pre-test bike managed fine with 5 gears, and trust me, they don't come more gutless than a 125 Varadero.

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