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Smoothing out your upshifts

For those new to the bike who might be finding the transmission a bit clunky on upshifts: I finally figured out that the key to notchless, noiseless shifting on this bike is all in the right hand. You have to be REALLY quick with that little wrist flick as you change. Any ponderousness(?) at all makes things significantly worse. I've now got all my changes to the point where there is zero clunking or noise from the transmission - and appreciating what an insanely good transmission this really is. The only indication I'm actually in a higher gear is the reduced revs.
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I put a light preload on the shift lever and that works very well. I short shift 1st to 2nd.
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I put a light preload on the shift lever and that works very well. I short shift 1st to 2nd.
I normally do not use 1st gear. Except for a park brake while parked, or when I am pulling in my garage. I don't want to hit the back wall as I have a strong incline and I need the slower speed of a granny gear.
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I could easily skip first gear on this bike, and frankly don't see much need for it except in rare circumstances. It had never occurred to me I could just ignore a gear. But, I fear if I get myself used to skipping it, the next time I try to ride anything else, I'll be so out of practice that I'll kill the bike! So I'm going to keep on using it for no other reason than inertia and habit.



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If you can rev match the downshifts you can rev match the upshifts I'll do it occasionally on the ups but more so on the downs
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It is hard to get up to speed using 1 gear. You are winding out the motor at 10 miles per hour. I barely get half way through a corner before I need to shift. I had a Vulcan 500 which I have recently sold. I had no problem with taking off in second if I forgot. Remembering has not been a problem as most bikes will take off in second with ease. The Valkyrie just has a granny gear for a first and is not needed.
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It is hard to get up to speed using 1 gear. You are winding out the motor at 10 miles per hour. I barely get half way through a corner before I need to shift. I had a Vulcan 500 which I have recently sold. I had no problem with taking off in second if I forgot. Remembering has not been a problem as most bikes will take off in second with ease. The Valkyrie just has a granny gear for a first and is not needed.
Like some old pickup trucks with a towing/hillstart 1st gear, I think ours is from the Goldwing meant for duckwalking, not taking off on a normal start.

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Like some old pickup trucks with a towing/hillstart 1st gear, I think ours is from the Goldwing meant for duckwalking, not taking off on a normal start.
I have to agree, as I do use 1st at backed-up 4 way stops after work on the way home. But on take off I no more than get the clutch let out and it is time to shift. There is nothing smooth or cool looking about a first to second shift on these bikes. I never used the granny gear in my old truck either.
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I think it was in the manual, or perhaps in one of the professional reviews, where I read about the stock feature that ever so slightly increases engine speed when an approaching stall condition is sensed. I was stuck in a traffic jam the other day and tried it in 1st with throttle and idle, but now kicking myself for not trying it in 2nd. Note to self, remember this is on my to do list, starting with about a 1 second to smoothly but quickly release the clutch with 0 throttle, and then going progressively quicker or perhaps in 3rd, without just letting it snap out of my finger tips. I have done the 'start from a stop in 5th gear with a little throttle' and was surprised at how little I had to slip the clutch. I've previously posted that in discussing this with the EXCELLENT Service Mgr at DFW Honda, he mentioned a guy with an ankle problem who never uses 1 OR 2nd gear on his GoldWing!

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