Thanks very much for the replies.
My GS 1100 seems to run real nice between 3 and 6,000 rpm.
My partner, Ari, her bike is an R1100R, basically same engine right? I thought it should like the same range. She doesn't have a tachometer which makes it hard to say exactly how low she runs it, but I rode it around a bit today and it seems to run exactly the same as my bike, first, second, third for city driving up to 85 km/h, fourth to about 120 km/h and then fifth for cruising.
Maarten, thanks for the enlightenment on the stroke > bore = low rpms and stoke < bore = higher rpms, will have to look it up in the Haynes manual. Also, re-reading what you said, as long as she doesn't throttle up at low rpms then the engine doesn't suffer from cruising say, in fifth, at 95 km/h which is a bit under 3,000 rpm? That is what she likes to do and as long as it doesn't punish the engine, I say to each her own way of riding.
BTW, we are in Amsterdam if you want to get together for a ride some weekend, although am sure you are a bit busy with pre-trip prep.
[This message has been edited by Tracy (edited 16 July 2002).]