Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Montreal, Canada
I picked up my K67 just a couple weeks ago. And did everything to reach my break in miles as soon as possible, in order to get the first service done and redline unleashed.
I’m new on liter bikes FYI. Previous experience is pretty weak. CBR250R for under 1200miles. Then I got into tracking with CSS and Pro6. And loving it since. Regardless, let’s talk about SHIFTING.
If you know anything about automobile sequential/sequential style shifters, you are well aware in auto racing, when you want to go UP a gear, you pull the shifter lever BACK, following the gforces pulling you back under acceleration. And to go DOWN a gear you pull the shifter lever FORWARD, following the gforces pulling you forward under braking. Only natural right... Unfortunately most manufacturers never used this direction for shifts. Even manufacturers like Porsche in their factory High Performance GT street cars (until very recently where they finally switched). And I always wondered why that was the case, that in racing vs street, the direction of the upshifts/downshifts were opposite. Made no sense to me.
Fast forward to Race bikes vs Street bikes. Sure enough, the mantra is the same. On Race bikes (with a few exceptions), you shift UP by pushing the gear lever down through rotating the front edge of your foot DOWN AND BACK, which is the direction of the accelerating gforces; AND you shift DOWN by pushing the gear lever up through rotating the front edge of your foot UP AND FORWARD, which is the direction of braking gforces. And it’s the OPPOSITE for street bikes. Which, with my limited experience of always running traditional shifting on my CBR, always felt the motorcycle street shifting to be non sensical really. Identical to the car’s street shifiting.
To make a long story shorter than it can be, I switched my K67 to the race style of GP shifting after the break in miles. And I’ll be honest, it makes for the most NATURAL shifts.
If you’ve never tried or think negatively of it or think it doesn’t suit you or think it’s the opposite of what you’ve done for years, you must stop and try this, immediately. Has nothing to do with being a better rider or faster shifts or just to change things up. I’m just talking about speed, gforces and body motion. And MotoGP shift fits that precisely. AND it takes literally 2minutes to do on the K67 so no excuses...it’s worth a try.
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Last edited by DanHovse; 08-29-2019 at 01:02 AM.