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Old 01-15-2015, 06:17 PM   #1
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GP style gearing? Yes or No

Anybody have the positive and negatives for changing to GP style shifting
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Track = GP
Street= Does not matter what ever your comfortable with.
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:03 PM   #3
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Anybody have the positive and negatives for changing to GP style shifting
I like it alot better on the track but like as donte says for the street it doesn't matter. I suggest keeping all your bikes the same, switching back and forth can be tricky
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It's all about personal preference.

GP shift can work to your advantage in some situations, but sometimes it works against you. Turn 1 at TWS (Texas World Speedway) come to mind. Getting your toe under the shifter to downshift while leaned to the left can work against you at some tracks.

For me, the benefit of easy upshift out weighs the disadvantages. I prefer GP shift.

But there's a lot of racers that prefer standard shift too.
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But there's a lot of racers that prefer standard shift too.
Casey Stoner and Kevin Schwantz come to mind
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I'm left handed so I prefer GP.
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I'm left handed so I prefer GP.
What does being a leftie have to do anything with it?
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I recall reading an article about Kevin Schwantz and GP shifting. He tried it once on the track and blew the engine if I remember right. I thought about it but I would be just like him and blow the engine accelerating hard out of a turn. Thats a huge risk if you operate a lot on muscle memory so that initial learning curve and one wrong mistake could make you crash or f your bike up.
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I recall reading an article about Kevin Schwantz and GP shifting. He tried it once on the track and blew the engine if I remember right. I thought about it but I would be just like him and blow the engine accelerating hard out of a turn. Thats a huge risk if you operate a lot on muscle memory so that initial learning curve and one wrong mistake could make you crash or f your bike up.
I rode for 20 years using standard shift and switched comfortably to gp in half a track day. You do have to be careful but practicing on the street or in your garage can help the transition. No right or wrong way just do what you want.

When you're DOWN in a tuck, hit the shifter DOWN. When your body is UP under braking then lift the shifter UP.
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I rode for 20 years using standard shift and switched comfortably to gp in half a track day. You do have to be careful but practicing on the street or in your garage can help the transition. No right or wrong way just do what you want.

When you're DOWN in a tuck, hit the shifter DOWN. When your body is UP under braking then lift the shifter UP.
Exactly, I ride GP at track and standard on the street. I have more problems on street than on track. Actually I never have reversed shifted by accident at the track. I worry more about high siding than blowing a motor
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I thought about it, but will stay with standard for now. I have a lot of other improvements I need to make at the track before shifting makes much of a difference.
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Had a standard shift cruiser and a GP shift gixxer at the same time. I had no issue switching back and forth on the street. GP shift makes up shifting easier through right turns, and overall seemed more intuitive to me.
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I thought about it, but will stay with standard for now. I have a lot of other improvements I need to make at the track before shifting makes much of a difference.
There is a LOT to learn during a track day. Many things more important than which way your shifter moves.
Maybe a rational way to think about it is, if you find that the standard shift pattern is hampering you in some way, THEN maybe it's time to consider GP shift.

I never switched but on the other hand I rode bikes with GP shift and it wasn't a problem. So change if you want/need to, if you don't change that's OK too.
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On a somewhat related note, when I replaced the shift drum on my bike, I would have liked to install one with neutral on the other side of 1st. They make for Harley's, but not for my old Kawi.
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