Is the 6 speed trans really better than the 5? - Road Glide Forums
*General Road Glide Discussions/Pictures Post general Road Glide discussions with photos.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
Hangaround
 
JL Sargent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Remlap Alabama
Posts: 151
Is the 6 speed trans really better than the 5?

My 5 speed RG will cruise all day in 4th gear at 70mph. Often times I forget to even put it in 5th gear. Given that shifting gears is a general PITA, why would I even want a 6 speed transmission? Honestly, I think the 5 is better. What do you think?

1991 FLTCU

USAF/ANG 1987-94
JL Sargent is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 08:20 AM
Newbie
 
boshog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 19
Cruise at 70 in 4th?? What year is it? Did you change anything?
boshog is offline  
post #3 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 08:25 AM
Member
 
ZachB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Glen Gardner NJ
Posts: 564
Garage
I had an 03 FLHP with the 88 and I always wanted the extra gear on the highway.

2015 RGS 103" Denim Black, Drago's 2:1, SE Heavy Breather, SEPST, Tuned. That will do for now.
ZachB is offline  
 
post #4 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 08:30 AM
Newbie
 
BigDeez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Roscoe, IL
Posts: 23
Bet your MPG sucks...Literally. Lower RPMs, bike runs cooler, etc. When I got my cams changed my 5th, and especially my 6th gear woke right up. I run 6th gear all the time.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2012 FLTRX 103
Paint: HD Limited Series - Tango #52 of 200
Stage 2
SE Ventilator
SERT
SE 254 Cams
Chrome Forks
V&H Dual Dressers
V&H Hi-Output Slip-Ons
HD Stretched Bags
Boom! Audio Upgraded Speakers w/ hidden antenna
Grips/Pegs/Levers/Foot controls, etc...you know the drill.

___________________________________________

Seek and Ye Shall Find....
BigDeez is offline  
post #5 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 08:43 AM
Member
 
panhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Upstate, NY
Posts: 561
6th gear. Oh ya!

Had an 04 electraglide with a 6 speed. I wouldnt consider a roadtrip bagger without it.The 6 speed you will be turning around 2950 RPM at 80.Basically dropping your rpms down by 500. If you riding in 4th at 70 MPH you are in the torque area, fun to ride, but tougher on the motor, cant do that on a road trip all day. When riding around town, I too will use 4 for some speed and torque, then double shift from 4 to 6 when getting out of town on the back roads or big slab. Ride one with the 6 speed and you will believe its worth it.

2011 COOL BLUE PEARL FLTRX , 120R,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
too much to list...
panhead is offline  
post #6 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 08:47 AM
Grey beard
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: western Montana,USA
Posts: 1,429
my 02 Dyna always felt like I needed to shift when I got up to speed on the highway.My 2012 RGU does about 10 mpg better with the 103 then the little dyna with an 88.

is the six speed better? no question!
danglide is offline  
post #7 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 09:01 AM
Grey beard
 
RGUrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Murfreesboro TN by way of Freeburg IL, Naples Italy, Oscoda MI, Ramstein AB GE, and Dover PA
Posts: 875
Garage
I occassionally look for the 7th gear, once I do the cams and top end, I will prolly want a 7th gear.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2011 RGU/Black - Rinehart True Duals, SERT, K&N Filter, RF PBR300X2,
Hawgwired ZX's, Pioneer G1644R, J&M Hidden Antenna, Sony HU
RGUrider is offline  
post #8 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 09:07 AM
Hangaround
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Houston, Tejas
Posts: 125
I just went from a 5 speed on a 2005 Electra Glide to a 6 speed on a 2012 Road Glide and there is a big difference. Less vibration, less motor noise and smooth. You can cruise on your bike at 70 in 4th? What RPM?


Sent from my iPhone using MO Free


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

H-Town Defender


2012 RoadGlide Ultra (Ms. Remedy)
D&D Fat Cat
SE Race Tuner
Performance Machine Super Gas AC
Boom Audio Amp
Boom Audio Speakers
Windvest 15"
HD LED Tour PAC lighting
H-Town Defender is offline  
post #9 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 09:08 AM
Member
 
DarbinCo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Western Colorado
Posts: 343
I'm always looking for 6th when riding my 03RG
DarbinCo is offline  
post #10 of 93 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 09:09 AM
Newbie
 
OzarkHarleyGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Huntington, AR
Posts: 43
Depends on your riding. Two-lane twisties and I'd never use it. Where I find that I appreciate the 6th gear is when I have to jump on the super-slab and hit 65 mph or above. Over a long-haul it smooths things out and makes for a much nicer ride.

Local Service Mgr was funny one day. A customer smarted off he didn't like the 6 speed and the Svc Mgr just said "Don't use it; its just a 5 speed tranny with 1 more gear that lowers the rpms so if you don't like the 6-speed never shift to the 6th gear and you got a 5 speed."

OzarkHarleyGuy
2012 RoadGlide Ultra
OzarkHarleyGuy is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Road Glide Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trans oil really, really hot! August Fluids and Lubricants 6 09-12-2014 04:44 PM
Better than bungees rg07 Aftermarket Accessories 7 10-18-2011 03:44 PM
What's better than a Road Glide Tytanium *General Road Glide Discussions/Pictures 17 07-21-2011 09:46 AM
Hope your fourth was better than mine MYFLTRX *General Road Glide Discussions/Pictures 10 07-04-2011 10:49 PM
When is Mastertune better than PC-V or vice versa? Gadgetech ECM/Fuel Management systems 45 07-01-2011 12:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome