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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 20th, 2009, 7:03 pm Thread Starter
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As so many other posts I have read, I too have left the Harley world for an 08 GT...I took it out for it's maiden voyage the other day and I have to say I was very dissapointed in the shifting..It almost seemed the rpm's dropped way too quickly when clutching and made for a very jerky shift..( Kind of like when you pull the clutch in and coast for a bit, let the clutch out and the bikes jerks a bit).....Does anyone have any insight into this ??
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A flick of the wrist and very quick shift. Very close ratio tranny. Plenty of practice. I have been doing just that. I manage a good smooth shift from time to time. Truly I do not know why bike manufacturers can't add a sinkro trans like an auto. That aside, I love the GT

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As so many other posts I have read, I too have left the Harley world for an 08 GT...I took it out for it's maiden voyage the other day and I have to say I was very dissapointed in the shifting..It almost seemed the rpm's dropped way too quickly when clutching and made for a very jerky shift..( Kind of like when you pull the clutch in and coast for a bit, let the clutch out and the bikes jerks a bit).....Does anyone have any insight into this ??
I too came off of a Harley onto a GT.
When I first rode my Harley i thought they must have left the oil out of the gearbox on the suposedly silky smooth 6 speed.
A mate tought me to change the Harley smoothly by preloading the shifter with pressure from my boot in each travel direction prior to the change and it was a totally different experience.
Yes the BMW gearbox is way clunkier than it deserves to be but thats what it is.
I now shift the GT smoothly most of the time and rarely use the clutch other than 1st gear up and down shifts.
It took some practice but now a small amount of pressure on the gear lever and a gentle roll off of the throttle and it will change like its running in K-Y.

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If you rev to higher rpm's you normally would, it shifts smoother. I find if I shift in the lower end of the band, it's jerky.

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[QUOTE=carjake]As so many other posts I have read, I too have left the Harley world for an 08 GT...I took it out for it's maiden voyage the other day and I have to say I was very dissapointed in the shifting..It almost seemed the rpm's dropped way too quickly when clutching and made for a very jerky shift..( Kind of like when you pull the clutch in and coast for a bit, let the clutch out and the bikes jerks a bit).....Does anyone have any insight into this ??


Thanks for the tips !!!..Obviously it's just a matter of getting used to the different style...
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I guess I'm a slow learner.

I am now 50 k into my '06 GT and this season I've finally gotten to the point where every shift at any speed is as smooth as silk. Was it me? Or did the break-in just take this long?

I think it was me.

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No problem for me since I rarely use the clutch on upshifts.

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