Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Melbourne - Australia
I've been riding for over 50 years and have mostly used the clutch from first to second, and then I rarely use the clutch after that unless I need to engine brake or do slow moving traffic work.
There are some views that it's "boy racer" and "speed shifting", but if you understand how a motorcycle gearbox works it's simply easier to shift that way and will not damage anything.
I wait until the engine sounds like it's at the shift point, blip off throttle for a second and simultaneously shift gear. And this is just normal riding, no rev head stuff, and it's just instinctive to me. Once you've taken the load off the gears (by the momentary retarding of the throttle) it's no different to shifting up and down with the engine off, in fact, probably easier.
WRT the Rebel, I find down shifts are OK if it'd done in the right rev range and the throttle is managed gently, I would down shift with clutch more than up though.
The physical speed shifter are a different thing, and I wouldn't consider one unless I was 40 or 50 years younger and doing track days.
Last edited by JimInOz; 04-19-2018 at 01:25 AM.