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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-08-2017, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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I have been exclusively starting from a stop in second gear and never dropping down to 1st. A buddy at work said this could be hard on my clutch and eventually have to replace parts. Is this true or is it perfectly fine to start from second because 1st really only is good from 1-10 mph on this bike?
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I have been exclusively starting from a stop in second gear and never dropping down to 1st. A buddy at work said this could be hard on my clutch and eventually have to replace parts. Is this true or is it perfectly fine to start from second because 1st really only is good from 1-10 mph on this bike?
your buddy probably right. if it has a first gear, you should use it when taking off. 2nd and even 3rd taking off you can do, but your killing the life of the clutch.
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your buddy probably right. if it has a first gear, you should use it when taking off. 2nd and even 3rd taking off you can do, but your killing the life of the clutch.


I agree. Save your clutch, use first gear even just to get your bike rolling.

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The engine lugs a fair amount when you hit the gas going to slow in second. I find that real uncomfortable, least of all starting from a stop. It must take 1/4 mile before you have the clutch all the way out.
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That gear is there for a reason...
But by all means, if 2nd gear works for you, then go ahead. But don't be shocked the day you've ruined the clutch and/or your 2nd gear.
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Use that 1st gear and get moving quickly.
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It's not as bad as doing it in a car. A car has a dry clutch which wears quickly with abuse. A motorcycle clutch is a wet clutch and is designed to be slipped a lot. With it being in a bath of oil, wear is minimal and shouldn't cause a massive issue.
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Youre going to wish you were in first gear when you need to get out of the way in a hurry
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I have been exclusively starting from a stop in second gear and never dropping down to 1st. A buddy at work said this could be hard on my clutch and eventually have to replace parts. Is this true or is it perfectly fine to start from second because 1st really only is good from 1-10 mph on this bike?
On the contrary, ever since I swapped my stock exhaust for a slip on I shift from first gear at 20mph.
I think the stock muffler makes it sound like the engine is working harder than it really is. Shift points change dramatically once you can finally hear what's going on.
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