Thanks for that, sounds very helpfulFirst off, congratulations and welcome. I think many of us remember that feeling of "What gear am I in?" in our early days of riding. I'm not sure how involved adding a gear indicator is to bikes without one (or if it's even possible) but I'm happy to share some tips that I have given other new riders.
1. Return to first gear every time when stopping for a red light. (watch for the neutral light when first learning)
2. Double check step 1 after stopping and before starting off again.
3. Find some reference points on the speedo and tach and learn them. One that I remember learning was 3-4-5. (<=3K RPM @ 40 MPH = 5th gear)
4. I found there are certain sweet spots for my weight and riding style. My minimums for the NC700X are 35 MPH for 5th gear, and min 50 MPH for 6th.
5. Work on keeping the engine in its happy range (2-4K RPM for this bike) by watching the tach at first. After a while you'll trust the feel of the engine alone and won't really need to look at the tach that much.
That’s brilliant, ThanksSorry, dont have a gear indicator added..I have the 2013 Nc700x...I learned quickly that at 3400 rpms the first # in the speed is the gear I am in...works from 2-6 gear and after 56,000+ miles on the bike just glancing at the tach, even above 3400 rpms I know what gear I am in.. Example: at 3400 rpm and at 56 mph, I am in 5th gear or at 38mph I am in 3rd gear.