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Old 04-15-2017, 06:34 AM   #21
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I like to think of my clutch lever as a replacement for one of those squishy stress balls. Unless I'm caught in heavy traffic for long periods. The clutch can kinda suck then.
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:32 PM   #22
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I don't know about some of you folks. I really appreciate how easily the clutch on my FZ1 works. I can't recall even one motorcycle I've owned in 40 years, with a more easily operated clutch. Holding the clutch lever in for 10 minutes in heavy traffic, while waiting my turn to pass through the traffic light, is no problem at all.

That said, sometimes I do enjoy NOT using the clutch while upshifting, but mostly I use it.

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Old 04-15-2017, 08:22 PM   #23
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Having had two Gen1s at the same time, I came to realize that the condition of the cable has a HUGE impact on the feel of the clutch lever.
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:03 PM   #24
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That guy is total B.S.

If you blip the throttle it shifts like butter.

Good God, half the new RR bikes come with an auto throttle blipper that allows clutches shifts in both directions.

I have one on my 2015 R1 race bike. Hardly ever use the clutch once moving.

My 06 R1 has 68,000 miles with thousands of clutch-less up shifts, the 03 FZ1 had 87,000 miles with thousands of clutch-less up shifts, my 01 FZ has 37,000 miles with thousands of clutch-less up shifts, and non of them have had the second gear stutter problem.

He's off his bloody trolly.
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:12 PM   #25
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Now that I've ridden the bike a few more years, I've developed some habits and I use the clutch all the time. I quit doing the clutchless shifts, when I decided the gear ratios are just too close together for street use. I only use 2nd or 4th gear, when the speed limit requires me to be riding at 25 mph or 35 mph. That is a steady 3,000 rpm for those two gears. The rest of the time I double shift, using 1st, 3rd, 5th. I save 6th gear for cruising around out in the country.

It's a shame there isn't a 4 speed transmission option :-)
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Old 08-30-2020, 08:41 PM   #26
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It's a shame there isn't a 4 speed transmission option :-)[/quote]

Said no man ever... Unless you only had a 3 speed lol.
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Old 08-30-2020, 08:53 PM   #27
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oops duplicate post...

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Old 08-31-2020, 05:31 AM   #28
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Until I installed the Gauge of Eternal Coolness I attempted to shift into 7th quite often.
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Old 08-31-2020, 08:02 AM   #29
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Clutchless hasn't cost me a penny and makes me happy like being able to post on this forum again
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Old 09-02-2020, 01:20 PM   #30
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It's a shame there isn't a 4 speed transmission option :-)
Funny.

My Norton has 4 but really only needs 3! 4th gear is beer gear.

Yet some Jap bikes have 5 and feel like they need 6.
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Old 09-02-2020, 02:51 PM   #31
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Until I installed the Gauge of Eternal Coolness I attempted to shift into 7th quite often.
I STILL do that John!
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Old 09-02-2020, 02:55 PM   #32
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Funny.

My Norton has 4 but really only needs 3! 4th gear is beer gear.

Yet some Jap bikes have 5 and feel like they need 6.
I agree Tom! I've ridden that thing and anything over about 40mph is dangerous due to the brakes! We don't realize just how much better today's brakes are until you ride a dinosaur, like my '67 650XS Yamaha.
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Old 09-02-2020, 04:08 PM   #33
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Said no man ever... Unless you only had a 3 speed lol.
That might work too... A three speed stick shift on the steering head :-)
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