Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Anniston, AL 36207
shifting is pretty easy once youre doing it hands on. My MSF instructor gave me the instructions one time and I nailed it the first try.
Now,,,,, being proficient with it takes a while. You have to learn your bike, how it sounds or feels. Then its a matter or experience before the shifting becomes automatic.
Upshifting is no big deal at all. You disengage the clutch while rolling off the throttle, then upshift, then start reengaging the clutch while trying to get the rps at the right amount. And there you go. You shifted gears.
Downshifting can get pretty tricky at times because you have to factor in the appropriate gear you want the bike on vs the speed vs the rpms. If you end up on the wrong gear as you downshift you might lock up the tires. Same thing about speed, if youre going to fast for that gear you went down on, theres a chance of locking the tire up. As far as the rpms are concerned, if you apply too much or too little gas after you downshift, the bike might lunge forward or back a little bit. But like I said, its all about getting to know your bike, how it sounds and how it feels.
for the other riders. When I want to get a fast take off, do I want get the bike on the powerband while I'm on 1st gear, or shift to 2nd gears as quickly as possible then try to hit the powerband. Because it seems like, anything <5k rpms on 1st gear dont do jack, and when you do hit the pb on 1st the front wheel keeps wanting to lift up. So it better to get to 2nd gear as soon as you can then try to get to the pd, gain speed, then keep shifting up?
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