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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 2013, 5:15 pm Thread Starter
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how do you shift gears?

clutch or blip the throttle/shift?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 2013, 10:28 am
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Mostly clutch. Rare that I just up shift.
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how does BMW state one should upshift? With a blip of the throttle, shifting is like butter
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 2013, 4:40 pm
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rarely use the clutch going up the box once moving, I find shifts far smoother that way

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Preload the shifter a bit and just some light pressure on the clutch. Higher the rpms the smoother she shifts.

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I'm a clutch guy, mostly out of fear of messing something up. Back in the old days of dirt bike riding a two stroke, I used to skip the clutch after second gear...but then the parents were paying the repair bills back then. Come to think of it, I have never had either a clutch or problem with gears on any bike.....

Great question, love to hear answers from others including maintenance issues.

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Preload the shifter a bit and just some light pressure on the clutch. Higher the rpms the smoother she shifts.
Exactly. That's what I've experienced too.
Full power takeoffs (no...not in town!) are butter smooth too.
The way I got used to this was someone from another forum telling me to "ride it like you stole it." So, out on a long, straight stretch of farm road, I rode it like I stole it. Before that, I was having issues getting used to the way it shifted. But after shredding down the road a few times as if I was racing, I got more used to it. Think of it this way: when you preload the shifter a little bit, all it needs is the slightest release of clutch pressure to click into gear. Sometimes I don't even bother to blip the throttle because I can shift so fast like this. For normal riding, I let it get up to 4-5000 RPM before shifting. That seems to be a sweet spot.
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Does anyone elses bike shift worse when the engine gets really hot? The box sticks sometimes between 1st and 2nd if I rev it hard too (to about 5/6k revs)

Upshifts are better with very little clutch for me.

Downshifts are full clutch, change, then slip it back in, no blipping the throttle. 2nd to 1st is always loud and crap (especially when the bikes nice and hot).

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I know many others know it but other makes shift so much better.

My son just bought a '99 Honda CBR 600...14 years old and it shifts like butter.While my $23k (new) GT shifts like an old used U-haul truck.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 2013, 2:18 pm
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Clutchless up shifts, clutch on the down shifts.

I recently rode a Suzuki DR-Z 400S that was really nice up shifting without the clutch.

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