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    Shifting Gears, need advice

    I own a 2003 Suzuki GSXR 600, was just wondering when do i shift gears at what speeds do i start shift up at, and down at ?

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    What bikes have you ridden before? There's no chart or diagram for this. It depends on how fast you're accelerating and other factors. Experience will allow you to decide based on power output, sound, and feel.

    Edit: I see it's your first bike. You might look into further training. A race bike isn't ideal to learn on.



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    i learned a on 250cc bike, at the motorcycle school, but you don't go really past 2nd or 3rd gear on that

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    It just takes time. Like I said, there are no set speeds or rpms. Shift at 3500 if you really need a number.



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    Rowdy, you've probably done a few track days so you'll know how to answer this question.

    I read a motorcycling book a couple of months ago, I think it was called "Total Control", and the aim of the book was to allow one to perfect riding position and more racing techniques. The author, who was a semi-successful superbike racer (though his name elludes me) said that at very high rpm's it is better to shift up without the use of the clutch. Is this true?

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    Many racers, both road and strip, shift without the clutch. If you know what you're doing, you can do it with minimal wear to the shift dogs. It's rarely recommended for the street, though.



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    One point the author made was that during high rpm's, especially when you don't want to roll off the gas very much to shift, actually using the clutch puts more wear on the plates when they have to regrip.

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    Isn't that what synchronizers do for you?

    I found out by accident that I really didn't even have to pull in the clutch when it was time for me to upshift. Someone told me that's what synchronizers did.

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    No synchronizers in a MC tranny . . . constant mesh.

    LCA: You may put a little more wear and tear on the plates, but they are wear items. The gears themselves (and associated hardparts) are what take the beating if you don't do clutchless shifts correctly.

    I've done clutchless shifts, but I just can't make myself adopt them as a way of life.

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