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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2009, 11:11 pm Thread Starter
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Most of my experience in the past has been with dirt bikes, but decided to get on the street a few months ago.. Just picked up a new K1300GT yesturday and putting it thru its paces... WOW! It will be with me for a while!

Definetly "torque-y" in the lower gears while up shifting... Any tricks to smooth shifting?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2009, 11:47 pm
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Shift at much higher RPM's than you're used to. Will smooth things out dramatically.

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Hi All...

Most of my experience in the past has been with dirt bikes, but decided to get on the street a few months ago.. Just picked up a new K1300GT yesturday and putting it thru its paces... WOW! It will be with me for a while!

Definetly "torque-y" in the lower gears while up shifting... Any tricks to smooth shifting?
Preload the underside of the shifter with a small amount of pressure from your boot and then only use a fraction of the clutch lever travel, like 1/2 an inch max.
As PS said, changing at higher revs helps too. For me the limited clutch travel is the key.
I have a GSA and the clutch takes up as soon as it starts to release from the handgrip which is the opposite to my GT so when moving from bike to bike I have to keep re-teaching myself on each one and the 2 techniques Ive suggested for the GT work for me.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old May 18th, 2009, 12:41 pm
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Welcome, Campman.

You might want to read this thread and this thread for help with smoother shifting. Then go practice (i.e.: ride a lot ).

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I just noticed today that I seem to get smoother shifts with a full tank (am thinking the extra weight?)
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Thanks for the replies... I now have another reason to go out and ride!! Much Appreciated...
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I now have another reason to go out and ride!!
No problem, glad we could help.

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