Originally Posted by DanDiver
I would love some advise on downshifting.... Seemed to do quite OK with the last bike, but this one is definitely different...... Keeping the RPMs a lot highter..
All hints and advise appreciated.... and the 600 mile service is scheduled for Wednesday.... They even have a loaner for me to play with.....
The primary thing that I try to remember is that it feels like the K16 has about 1/2 as much flywheel as the K12LT you were used to, so any throttle/engine speed/rear wheel speed mismatch will seem magnified. The fact that a wet multi-plate clutch has an entirely different feel at the lever than the LT's single-dry plate adds to the problems.
Since it has been nearly 30 years since I last regularly used a wet multi-plate clutch, I've found that I've had to re-learn wet multi-clutch engagement characteristics all over.
Where the LT clutch had a very short, very definite engagement zone, the wet multi-plate clutch's engagement zone is much broader -- in other words, it is starting to engage at least a little bit (10%?) much earlier in the clutch lever movement you were used to on the LT, yet it doesn't become more than 1/2 engaged until after the point in the lever travel you are used to already having the LT's clutch fully engaged. The K16's clutch effort assistance device only highlights the early drag, late full engagement effect -- all while the light flywheel engine's rpm's are rapidly changing as the clutch engages/disengages more or less that you are expecting.
My solution: Put my ego aside and go back to basics -- I'm doing shifting 101 like I used to teach my students -- making long, deliberately slow clutch engagement motions until I "learn" the new clutch. It's a couple hundred miles later, and I'm not there yet, but it's clearly getting better -- you should have heard some of the take-off rpm "flares" and up/down bounces when I first started riding and had *no clue* where the engagement zone was, or how broad it was. On downshifts, ssslllooowww, controlled releases, feeling for the initial "bite" of the clutch between the engine and rear wheel speeds is needed. Rest assured, it gets better. At my current rate, I'm hopeful that it will all be second nature by ~2K miles.