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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Just preload the shifter, close the throttle a hair and up shift, works great. For a down shift I use the clutch to match speeds.

    Get a quick shifter and it's like heaven. So fast to shift.
    Pete

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    "Get a quick shifter and it's like heaven. So fast to shift."

    What's a, "Quick Shifter"??

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    I'm with Erci. Sometimes I do, for up and down. Just not between 1st and 2nd.

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    This thread is a good reason why I don't buy used bikes. If done correctly you don't really need the clutch, but guess what, most people don't usually do it correctly which puts added wear and tear on the box. Then they sell the bike down the road to some unsuspecting schlub as 'mint condition, never been abused'. I always use the clutch as that is the way I was taught. And in 35 years of riding have never had any clutch problems. That is good enough for me.

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Evitzee View Post
    This thread is a good reason why I don't buy used bikes. If done correctly you don't really need the clutch, but guess what, most people don't usually do it correctly which puts added wear and tear on the box. Then they sell the bike down the road to some unsuspecting schlub as 'mint condition, never been abused'. I always use the clutch as that is the way I was taught. And in 35 years of riding have never had any clutch problems. That is good enough for me.

    You're dead on, dude!

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Evitzee View Post
    This thread is a good reason why I don't buy used bikes. If done correctly you don't really need the clutch, but guess what, most people don't usually do it correctly which puts added wear and tear on the box. Then they sell the bike down the road to some unsuspecting schlub as 'mint condition, never been abused'. I always use the clutch as that is the way I was taught. And in 35 years of riding have never had any clutch problems. That is good enough for me.
    +1^

    Agree with you.

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Thanks for all the input guys. I think I'll stick to using the clutch, cuz with my luck I'd try it once and dump my tranny. haha

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    I look at it this way : The clutch is there for a reason. Which would you rather replace, the clutch or transmission parts? The clutch is cheaper and easier. Plus, I'd worry about messing up the transmission just from trying to learn clutch-less shifting! It doesn't take much to get the ball rolling via damage. You could damage a gear dog, and it'll ride fine for a while, then before you know it, it's clunking and on it's way out the door! If you know how to do it, more power to ya! For me, I'll stick to the clutch. Fast enough for me!

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    if you preload your tranny by lightly or heavily accelerating, then unload it by gently rolling off the throttle, as you roll off the throttle all tension in the trans gears is releved, and on a motorcycle with a sequential gear box, you can click up the gears from 2nd to 3rd etc...

    do not shift out of first EVER without clutch
    do not shift down without clutch EVER, you cannot unload a tranny and then put the stress of a lower gear down on it- by its very nature a lower gear adds stress- a higher gear relieves stress

    some good drives can do it in a car by the same idea of loading and unloading the tranny but its not a sequential gear box so really-- you will tear it up
    rally cars indy cars etc all use a seq. gear box- no street cars

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    If I don't use the clutch to shift up in gears, to me it's taking away from the experience and knowledge of my clutch. Geeze, at slow speed maneuvering it's essential you know the Clutch on the bike. It's a part of the mechanics of the bike.

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