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post #1 of 6 Old Jul 17th, 2010, 12:52 pm Thread Starter
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Shifting

35 years ago, in my early stages of motorcycle mania, a friend of mind told me if you never want to miss a shift, hold your shifts until you let the clutch out.
I still do this. The effect is, if you are not totally in the next gear, when you let the clutch out, it will slip in nice and smoothly if you are still holding the shift. Old habits die hard, but this is one I like.
Wonder if anyone else out there learned and practices this????

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post #2 of 6 Old Jul 17th, 2010, 1:04 pm
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Re: Shifting

Yup.. "clutch pull/shift-hold/clutch release"...

On the BMW, it's a little different... I start moving my toe to shift "just as" I start to squeeze the clutch lever and, the BMW cleanly, easily shifts... always... without a "full stroke" of the clutch.

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Yup, raced dirt bikes for so many years, the soft clutch and snap shift with subtle throttle position changes make gear changes near effortless.
On the LT, when your out of sync you get a good CLUCK letting you know tranny's not happy with that shift

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post #4 of 6 Old Jul 17th, 2010, 9:06 pm
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Re: Shifting

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Does anyone know how to do a really slow smooth shift on a K1200GT? I can do the fast starts and smooth shifts under rapid acceleration, that's easy.

Picture having a timid, scared pillion, and you want to keep the acceleration to old-lady-in-a-Volvo levels (or in other words, a Nissan Sentra with the pedal to the metal).

Do you know any tricks to keeping your shifts smooth under very gentle accelleration?
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post #5 of 6 Old Jul 17th, 2010, 10:20 pm
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Re: Shifting

pre-load the shifter

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post #6 of 6 Old Jul 20th, 2010, 7:42 pm
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Re: Shifting

Preload shifter and use minimal clutch pressure........

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