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Old 07-19-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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GP or "reverse" shifting is awesome!
Decided to switch my 1098S to GP style shifting today (20 minute job, just reposition the lever on the shaft.) Got a chance to ride to the Burgermaster bike night, so a lot of shifting there and back. I have to say, I prefer shifting this way!

It seemed much easier to get quick, smooth upshifts. And clutchless upshifts were certainly easier to execute. I even managed to not screw up and shift the wrong direction!

I think I'm going to leave it set up this way permanently, and it is something I wish I had done a long time ago.

So who else has their street bike setup with GP/reverse shifting?

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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I Ride: '08 R6, '07 S2R 1000, '10 Ninjette #791
Only time I've ever been tempted was at PIR for the back straight. Trying to lean hard right while twisting your left ankle so that after every shift the lever returns to center, all while going balls-out is a horrendous pain in the ass.

Next PIR track day I'm going reverse. Other than that, not really.

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:59 PM   #3
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I Ride: 2009 Yamaha R1, 2007 CBR 600RR, 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 and 2014 Ducati Panigale 899.
Been running GP since I got my Bazzaz Quickshifter. After the ECUnleashed the shifts are easy and so smooth! Almost feels like an automatic LOL




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Old 07-20-2012, 04:59 AM   #4
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I Ride: 2010 RC8R; 2009 ZX6R; Percheron/Paint (equine variety)
. I'm diggin' reverse shift!

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Old 07-20-2012, 06:07 AM   #5
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I Ride: like an asian. You scurred yet?
I've been using GP since 07. "normal" shift pattern is foreign to me and I hate it.

1up 5down foe life!

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Old 07-20-2012, 06:14 AM   #6
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Me too, have been riding that way for a year our so. I test rode a FZ1 the other day and had to remind myself how to shift....g p is the way to go for sure. That and if anybody nicks your bike they probably won't get out of second gear lol

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Old 07-20-2012, 06:37 AM   #7
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I Ride: 2008 zx10r and my wife
I miss gp style. I need to get some rearsets for my zx10 and go back to it

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Old 07-20-2012, 06:37 AM   #8
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I Ride: '14 Ducati Hypermotard SP
for GP Shift.

I also love GP shift. Been doing it for 7 months now. When I bought my FZ1 7 months ago it already had it on so took it for a ride and I immediately liked it more(felt more natural to me). Fz1 also has a quick shifter on it so with GP shifting it is way better. I also have my track bike (zx6r) GP shift too. The other 2 bikes I just left standard and surprisingly I have no problem switching between bikes and dont have shifting problems.

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Old 07-20-2012, 07:56 AM   #9
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Scott,
If you think it's good riding to burgermaster, just wait till you get to try it at your next track day! It's so much easier to get out of a corner and down the next straight.

Once you go reverse... you never reverse it.... err yeah.

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Old 07-20-2012, 08:30 AM   #10
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I Ride: 09 ZX-6R (race bike) 09 250r (race bike) Optimum Performance Rider Training
meh...I still like standard...something about coming into the corner and stomping down the gears I like. It does take a little more work to click into a higher gear coming out, but I still like standard better.

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Old 07-20-2012, 08:36 AM   #11
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I've heard about this before but never gave it much thought... How hard is this to change up? on a cruiser that is....

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Old 07-20-2012, 08:40 AM   #12
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I Ride: 2007 CBR1000RR, 2006 WR450F
I raced for years with GP shifting and had my streetbike converted as well. After racing was done and I started travelling more and renting motorcycles in other cities for fun, I switched my streetbike back to avoid the confusion on strange bikes in strange areas...one less thing to worry about. Imagine that, after I stopped racing I actually had money to travel!

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Old 07-20-2012, 08:41 AM   #13
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“ Quote:
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I've heard about this before but never gave it much thought... How hard is this to change up? on a cruiser that is....
All depends on your shift linkage and how it's set up on your bike. On my 2 bikes (triumph and gsxr), the mechanism that connects to the shift pin on your engine can be flipped 180* converting it to GP.

On some bikes, you have to buy new rear sets and/or a kit to allow for GP.

I know that on the 06+ R6 (non-s) you have to buy a kit to allow for GP.

Just food for thought.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:30 AM   #14
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I know that on the 06+ R6 (non-s) you have to buy a kit to allow for GP.

Just food for thought.
Well that's just completely wrong. I'm looking at mine right now, and I didn't but a kit

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:33 AM   #15
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I Ride: like an asian. You scurred yet?
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Well that's just completely wrong. I'm looking at mine right now, and I didn't but a kit
Serial? I was told numerous times over that you need a kit to run GP shift on the R6 because the linkage ran through the frame and would be changed if switched to GP, so the kit was needed to relocate linkage to allow for that shift pattern.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:53 AM   #16
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After 40 years of riding, for the first time I switched my track bike to GP shifting. I worried about switching back and forth, so changed my street bike as well. It has taken a little practice and a few "wrong" shifts, but mostly has been better overall. If you decide to try this, be deliberate about your shifting...................................and CONCENTRATE!! I was fortunate that my only big "wrong" shift resulted in a snapped chain and some plastic body damage. Accelerating out of turn 4 at Pacific and grabbing 1st gear instead of 3rd........................................OUCH!!

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:06 AM   #17
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Serial? I was told numerous times over that you need a kit to run GP shift on the R6 because the linkage ran through the frame and would be changed if switched to GP, so the kit was needed to relocate linkage to allow for that shift pattern.
That's for the 03-05/06-09 R6s. The 06+ even has a cool line marked on it for where the dimple goes on each side so you don't have to adjust the linkage.

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:09 AM   #18
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That's for the 03-05/06-09 R6s. The 06+ even has a cool line marked on it for where the dimple goes on each side so you don't have to adjust the linkage.
Well no shit .. Might have to go buy me an R6 now.

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:13 AM   #19
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I Ride: 1997 TL1000S, 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R, 2013 KTM 500 Exc, 2008 KTM 530 Xcw,
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After 40 years of riding, for the first time I switched my track bike to GP shifting. I worried about switching back and forth, so changed my street bike as well. It has taken a little practice and a few "wrong" shifts, but mostly has been better overall. If you decide to try this, be deliberate about your shifting...................................and CONCENTRATE!! I was fortunate that my only big "wrong" shift resulted in a snapped chain and some plastic body damage. Accelerating out of turn 4 at Pacific and grabbing 1st gear instead of 3rd........................................OUCH!!
lol. did the same thing at thunderhill after 20 years of having streetbikes with reverse shift, right at exit of little corkscrew. Didn't know the big old TL could slide both ends like that and still say up. Sure felt silly.

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Old 07-20-2012, 01:59 PM   #20
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Meh it's alright. It's not some giant revelation people make it out to be. Whatever floats your boat. I never had clearance issues even shifting mid corner deep in a lean with standard setup. On and off track, sport bike or supermoto.

Smoothness with shifting typically relates to how you preload the shifter, unload the tranny and your RPMs. I've been able to clutchless-upshift either way smoothly without problems.

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