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  • No I don't use it. I'm actually Valentino Rossi

    36 5.03%
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    Do you use your clutch?

    How many people use their clutch to change up if their moving on good roads. I don't, I just dip the accelerator and change up. I would use the clutch if Iím in town or riding slowly and always use it for changing down regardless of speed.
    I'm no racer or anything but when you get used to it you can have real smooth gear changes.

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Need a 3rd option. Sometimes I use it and sometimes I don't.. for both UP and DOWN shifting.

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    Thumbs up Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erci View Post
    Need a 3rd option. Sometimes I use it and sometimes I don't.. for both UP and DOWN shifting.


    We always need more options LOL

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erci View Post
    Need a 3rd option. Sometimes I use it and sometimes I don't.. for both UP and DOWN shifting.
    Can you edit an existing poll?
    If so how

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Wouldn't shifting without the clutch result in premature wear on the drivetrain?

    Can anyone explain the pros vs. cons for doing this?

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenward View Post
    Wouldn't shifting without the clutch result in premature wear on the drivetrain?

    Can anyone explain the pros vs. cons for doing this?
    If done correctly, it should not result in premature wear.
    Pros: faster than using clutch (not necessary for normal riding, obviously). Satisfying when done right.. lets you know you you're good at matching rpm to speed.
    Cons: can be clunky if you don't get it right.

    Completely unnecessary, but fun to play with.

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenward View Post
    Wouldn't shifting without the clutch result in premature wear on the drivetrain?

    Can anyone explain the pros vs. cons for doing this?
    Manual transmissions in ANY vehicle (with some exceptions) have clutches for good reason. I suppose (if you're really good) you can disengage a trans with the throttle and good timing, but you're not going to be successful 100% of the time. I would never shift gears without using the clutch - it's asking for trouble.

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    I'll echo what's already been said, and say it's not worth it.

    It's easy to do, but ultimately pointless to do on the road. It's a foregone conclusion it will result in premature wear.

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenward View Post
    Wouldn't shifting without the clutch result in premature wear on the drivetrain?

    Can anyone explain the pros vs. cons for doing this?


    Motorbikes have a Sequential Gearboxes (i think all modern ones but don't quote me) You don't need a clutch to change if your revs are about right. Changing up is grand but if you get it wrong changing down on a powerful bike I believe the back wheel could try to slow more than the its spinning causing a lock up effect and probably sending you for a short flight.
    I'm no mechanic but I read this in a mag a while back. And as we all know if its in a bike mag it must be true.

    Have a look here
    HowStuffWorks "How Sequential Gearboxes Work"

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    Re: Do you use your clutch?

    Clutchless up from 3rd and above, never down the box, when changing down at speed, ie, decelerating, the back wheel can still lock up, a "blip" of the throttle whilst the clutch is engaged can raise the revs to counter this. Takes a bit of practise.

    There's no need to get the revs right on the up-shift, just drop the throttle and change up if you "load" the gear shift with a bit of "weight" from your foot just before dropping the throttle it seems to just slip into gear. Gear changes are pretty "seemless" doing this from 3rd up, it can be a bit "clunky" from 2nd to 3rd and 1st to 2nd I've found is a big no-no.

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