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post #1 of 15 Old 05-09-2013, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Proper shifting

Sorry for the newb question, but as I was riding today I started to wonder if my shift technique was proper form or not.

With the slightest pressure up on the gear lever to take up slack, I tend to disengage the clutch at almost the same instant as I shift the gear. It all seems smooth and efficient to me, but, I'm wondering if I need to leave a larger gap in the timing of these two synchronized movements to avoid wear and tear on the box?



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Hard to destroy power train components unless you want to... Basically your gear shift is milliseconds after you pull the clutch in... You don't want to shift like a bike rig where it seems like forever between gear shifts... To me it sounds like you're doing it right... No grinding, serious clunking or crunching, then all is good...

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No grinding, serious clunking or crunching, then all is good...
But, but how do you tell if you've shifted if ya' can't hear the gears?

You mean that grinding noise -isn't- supposed to be there?

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What you are doing is called pre loading and when combined with higher RPM shifting you will find that very little clutch lever depresson is needed to shift. However as a newer rider you want to be carefull as a bump in the road could cause a premature gear change without the use of the clutch. Nothing detrimental, but it may startle you especially on a down shift.
Per load shifting is really not necessary on the DL's as they are not race bikes, just something just to play around with. Sounds like your timing is fine since everything is smooth

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With the slightest pressure up on the gear lever to take up slack, I tend to disengage the clutch at almost the same instant as I shift the gear. It all seems smooth and efficient to me, but, I'm wondering if I need to leave a larger gap in the timing of these two synchronized movements to avoid wear and tear on the box?
Sounds good to me. I'm assuming you are pulling the clutch lever about half inch or so? Add two fingers pull with shorty levers, can't really get much smoother than that on with the clutch.
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But, but how do you tell if you've shifted if ya' can't hear the gears?

You mean that grinding noise -isn't- supposed to be there?

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.
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You have a wet clutch, chain drive and a cushion rear hub, it is very hard to get it wrong or know that you have got it wrong.

Ride a old BMW with a heavy flywheel, dry clutch and shaft drive, you will soon know if your technique is good or bad.

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Your tec. is right. with a little more exp. you will be able to shift without
the clutch, do all practing at lower RPM. I would guess 3500rpm or less.
they shift better going up through gears than down. apply slight
pressure up blip throttle down while lifting shifter. I am 75yrs. & 24
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