Changing gear


7 replies to this topic
  • mightymart

Posted September 09, 2007 - 03:30 AM

#1

Do you use the clutch to change up & down the gears ? A friend of mine has A WR450 & doesnt not use the clutch to change up & down the gears but I have tried it & when in very low gears its really hard to change.

  • fishpost19

Posted September 09, 2007 - 04:15 AM

#2

Do you use the clutch to change up & down the gears ? A friend of mine has A WR450 & doesnt not use the clutch to change up & down the gears but I have tried it & when in very low gears its really hard to change.


Usually I use the clutch to change up and down, but if I'm lazy, I'll just let the throttle off, shift up, and throttle on again (all fairly quickly of course). I always use the clutch to downshift. This is especially useful on the street so the rear wheel doesn't lock up and skid. I can let the engine speed match the gearbox by blipping the throttle with the clutch in while downshifting- you know, "rev up on change down"- and braking at the same time.

I learnt this trick when I first learnt to ride when I was about 7yo. Dad told me it, he used to do it when racing (in the 'olden days') to save time.

  • wheelnut46

Posted September 09, 2007 - 05:13 AM

#3

Do you use the clutch to change up & down the gears ? A friend of mine has A WR450 & doesnt not use the clutch to change up & down the gears but I have tried it & when in very low gears its really hard to change.


Does not clutching damage the trans? Effect longevity?

  • goblin127

Posted September 09, 2007 - 05:37 AM

#4

Does not clutching damage the trans? Effect longevity?


Bent shifting fork.

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  • RollieW

Posted September 09, 2007 - 05:38 AM

#5

i never shift with the clutch

  • Phuzzy McPhuzzface

Posted September 09, 2007 - 08:26 AM

#6

You have to "go by feel" on clutchless shifting. Oftentimes, you can snick it into the next gear, and it is effortless, and smooth. If I try this and I feel resistance, I clutch.

90% of the time I clutch, just thru force of habit. But in tight spots, or as was mentioned, if I am lazy and the drivetrain isn't under load, I will forgo the clutch.

  • mightymart

Posted September 09, 2007 - 12:36 PM

#7

Thanks guys,
I must admit I have only used my XR on the road as I only got it this week (Can't wait to get on the dirt !) Also I also found that I used the clutch 90% of time but when booting it off I seem to go in to motocross mode & completely forgot about the clutch but only then did it slip in to gear nice.

  • martinfan30

Posted September 09, 2007 - 01:06 PM

#8

Does not clutching damage the trans? Effect longevity?


if done incorrectly repeatedly.





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