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post #1 of 36 Old 12-30-2015, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Changing gear

Sorry guys this may seem a dumb question. I am used to riding harleys.

Which is the best way to shift gears on this GSX S1000 bike?

I noticed that if i pull the clutch lever all the way in, shift up and let it back out I just get a delayed clunky gear change ( which is what I do on a harley)

but if I just tap the shifter in up shift and let out I can change gear almost instantly and little movement required on the clutch lever.

My question is ...is the second way the right way? if so will this be ok for my clutch plates?

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After 30 years of riding mainly sport bikes, I've learned to preload the shifter peg with my foot before squeezing the clutch lever. The shift lever will click into the next gear as soon as enough pressure is applied to the lever and the clutch plates disengage enough. After the shift is made with the foot, quickly and completely release the clutch lever.


I've had Harley's too and Harley guys ride different. They are slow with everything they do. They pull in the clutch lever all the way, wait a second, then shift the clunky transmission, wait another second (maybe rev the motor once or twice) then release the clutch lever and add 1 year to their age. It's a scientifically optimized calculation for getting old



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Generally speaking I just squeeze the clutch rather than pull it right in.
If accelerating all the way though the gears then no clutch at all, just roll off the throttle a little, slight pressure on the gear lever and in she goes.
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My clutch lever was adjusted so the bite was too close to the bar when I got mine.
I used the handlebar adjustment to move it out a bit further and it was much better. It also smoothed out the revs at tickover and stopped it hunting.

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The way to change gear best is first too second clutch lever in a bit just enough to disengage clutch and then second up no clutch lever pull at all just let the throttle off a bit but back down the gears clutch lever in all the time
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Definitely the way to go, only clutch from 1 up to 2, then pre load the shifter, ease the throttle back so the box is not under load, & in like Flynn. A Harley gear box is like a truck compared to todays sport bikes, a little practice & you'll never go back.
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No clutch going up. Clutch used coming down. Always have. No need for quick shifters !!
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The way to change gear best is first to second clutch lever in a bit just enough to disengage clutch and then second up no clutch lever pull at all just let the throttle off a bit but back down the gears clutch lever in all the time
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No clutch going up. Clutch used coming down. Always have. No need for quick shifters !!
Now this is interesting. I too have escaped the cult of Harley (thank God) with the purchase of my DL650 a year and a half ago and now my GSXS. I have never even attempted a clutchless shift but will give it a go next time on the bike.

So, after second gear, back off on the throttle a bit and just shift? Interesting.

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Now this is interesting. I too have escaped the cult of Harley (thank God) with the purchase of my DL650 a year and a half ago and now my GSXS. I have never even attempted a clutchless shift but will give it a go next time on the bike.

So, after second gear, back off on the throttle a bit and just shift? Interesting.
I do it from 1st onwards. As you go to pull up on the gear change, just throttle off a minute second and then change up. Smooth as a babies bum changing.
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Hard to believe people don't shift clutchless going up. I can shift so smooth that a person riding on the back will never notice I shifted. I don't completely close the throttle, just enough to engage another gear.

I've never used a quickshifter, but I just can't imagine it being that must faster and smoother than what I can do shifting clutchless.
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