Re: Surge in Power at 3000rpm? (954)
basically, the way the 954's inline engine makes it's power is a little different from the VTR's V-twin. The V-Twin engine has long been known for it's linear torque curve throughout the power band. This due to the longer stroke of the V-twin engine. The longer stroke makes for more mechanical advantage, thus causing a higher torque value. This longer stroke is also the reason your VTR redlines a few thousand RPM sooner than the 954. The 954 has a very short stroke. Because of this shorter stroke, power is not readily available at very low RPM's. Cam lift, lift duration, and lobe separation play a huge roll in the inline engines power production. There has never been, and never will be, a cam that allows an engine to make power from idle all the way to 13k RPM. Because our bikes were designed as racers, the engines were designed to make more power in the mid to upper RPM range. This is because there is rarely a time on the track when a bike is at a low RPM. even through a low speed turn, the riders use a lower gear, which allows the engine to stay in it's "power band".
In other words, what you are feeling is very normal, and anyone who has ridden both types of bikes can probably back me up on this one. The sensation is only amplified by the fact that you are used to the linear torque curve of the VTR. It will just take some time to get used to the way this new bike "feels" under you.