this newb's gotta post again
the best advice I've had from a fellow sportbiker (who took me on a ride) was to "get my revs up". That 9mph in first gear stuff will get you hit by a cage. In my limited riding experience, I've avoided many bad situations with cages by having enough torque to get the hell outta dodge (literally...those damn trucks). I wasn't trying to show off, just trying to get away from people who will not let you merge, want to pull out in front of you (and you're goting to fast to safely break) and irratic, maybe, DRUNK drivers. I'll stay in 1st till about 20 mph. 2nd till about 45, thrid till 60 forth or fith on the highway (65 plus) unless I wanna (or it's safe to) cruise. Then it's 6th. The bike can handle alot more rpms, I know, but like I said this newb's gotta post.