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Old 04-23-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Odd shifters on sport bikes.

I was watching some bike races on youtube a while back and noticed that some bike, when they shifted up they would press down on the shifter, and the down shift was pulling up.

Is this a mod you can do on a bike or is it depending on the maker of the bike, or was I just seeing things.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:05 AM   #2
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MotoGP bikes have shifters reversed from road bikes. Some people have road bikes set up that way as well.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:10 AM   #3
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If you get some after market rear sets, they will have the option to set your shifting up either way.

I had a Harris Performance set on my last bike, but there's also Vortex, Gilles, Woodcraft, Rizoma. I'm sure there are others, but I would stay away from the cheapy's. I ordered my first set on Ebay for about $160 I think, and those Hong Kong peice of craps where the worst thing I've ever spent money on. Stay away from the cheap Hong Kong crap.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:53 PM   #4
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Racers do this so they don't have to hook their foot under the shifter to upshift powering out of a turn

You have the bike leaned over, you don't want to be squeezing your foot between the bike and the road

Lot of people do it on streetbikes though and really like it. I know I would love this for the 1-2 shift alone. A lot of times I will get neutral instead of 2nd.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Cool The Kid;864434]Racers do this so they don't have to hook their foot under the shifter to upshift powering out of a turn

You have the bike leaned over, you don't want to be squeezing your foot between the bike and the road

+1 At least that's what I read.

I have my shift pattern on the Monster reversed. All it takes is an aftermarket shifter found on websites (i.e. Motowheels.com) or eBay (where I got Mine) remove the stock linkage, put the new one on sans linkage and bam! pattern changed as easy as that. Took some getting used to mind you but I like it when mountain strafing.
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on some bikes you can actually just reverse the shift linkage. Triumph is one where that will work, at least on the Speed Triple.
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I've had GP shifting on my last 2 bikes, and for the track, yes it's good.

BUT, on the street, I didn't like it because, when you wanna grab a lower gear to get by someone real quik, or get out of a sticky situation, it's so much easyer to stomp on the shifter vs. get your toe under the peg and pull up.

Bottom line, if you don't plan on putting in any track time, then don't do the GP shifting.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:10 AM   #8
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on some bikes you can actually just reverse the shift linkage. Triumph is one where that will work, at least on the Speed Triple.
You need a pushrod linkage to do that. My 650 sucks, it just has a pedal clamped onto the shaft. So I would need aftermarket rearsets. I missed second AGAIN just this morning.
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Bottom line, if you don't plan on putting in any track time, then don't do the GP shifting.[/QUOTE]

To each his/her own. Unlike quite a few ppl, I can not afford track time. I like mine, and I'm used to it. Nor do I spend most of my time in traffic! I do my level best to avoid it at all cost. I don't ride red light areas and the like. Too many cagers and chances to get run over (and all that stopping-yuck!). I ride backroads to get to the mountain roads. Where I get to ride I will rarely if ever see any red light or traffic situations. Lucky me!
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