Using the clutch when shifting


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  • cgaluter

Posted December 21, 2004 - 02:56 PM

#1

Is it true that when shifting the YZ450 or any other MX bike, the clutch is not really needed? If it is needed, is it for downshifting or upshifting? When I want to change gears from 2nd to 3rd, do I have to back-off the throttle to upshift if the clutch is not used? How about from 3rd to 2nd? I do know that shifting to first, the clutch is needed.

  • Ga426owner

Posted December 21, 2004 - 03:47 PM

#2

Is it true that when shifting the YZ450 or any other MX bike, the clutch is not really needed? If it is needed, is it for downshifting or upshifting? When I want to change gears from 2nd to 3rd, do I have to back-off the throttle to upshift if the clutch is not used? How about from 3rd to 2nd? I do know that shifting to first, the clutch is needed.


Well this has been debated here for a long time - I am a firm believer that clutch use is clutch abuse on the 426 and 450 - I do not care about 2strokes ....
I use the clutch on starts - occasionally in turns - I try to let off the gas as I shift w/o the clutch but sometimes I dont - I do downsift w/o clutch in air and on the ground just not from 9000rpms - if you understand...I have never had the first issue with eccessive clutch wear or tranny issues -

others will argue against this .....thats is their opinion...I have tried it both ways - I prefer my way :cry:

  • Wyatt

Posted December 21, 2004 - 08:53 PM

#3

I shift without the clutch all of the time. I rarely do it under full power...I use a little clutch then.

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  • yz_for_me

Posted December 21, 2004 - 09:44 PM

#4

I'm in the no clutch group. I use it on the start and when braking hard. That's about it. I used to use the clutch for shifting all the time, even though I knew lots of people don't. I figured what the heck, it can't hurt to use it. I stopped using it when I found it really helped reduce my arm pump. Less flexing of the clutch finger(s) did a lot to reduce my hand and arm fatigue. So far I've seen no adverse affect on the clutch or the tranny. I do let off the gas for just a second when I shift though. Seems like shifting under load still isn't the best for your transmission.

  • RacerDad

Posted December 21, 2004 - 09:51 PM

#5

I almost never use the clutch except for starts and when cornering to prevent stalling in some cases, other than that I'm pretty much a no clutch guy. Don't know if thats a bad thing or not, but I haven't had any problems so far.

  • Davidyz450

Posted December 21, 2004 - 10:16 PM

#6

dido on the no clutch. Only on starts and turns and sometimes in the air that's about it for me. I always let off on the gas when I shift.





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