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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2004, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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I'm new to track riding and the track bike I picked up has GP shift but my street bikes do not (yet), so I got a few ?'s for you experienced track & street riders out there:

1) For those of you who ride both the street and the track and have GP shift on the track bike, do you recommend having your street bikes converted to GP shift also?

2) I've been told it's fairly easy to change street bikes to GP, but is it also straightforward to convert a late model HD?

3) Am I barking up the wrong tree and should I just change the track bike back until the track skills are much more developed?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2004, 10:33 AM
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It is best to just change everything. I have done the back and forth thing you just need to think the first time you switch bikes. I have now switched all the bikes over to GP it is just easier.

It is just hard to break instinct of standard shifting on the street and then GP on the track. The track has too much going on the fewer things you need to think of the best. I have done the down shift thing when I wanted to go up. It is no pretty on the track luckily I keep them all under control when it happens.

Some bikes are easy to change others such.
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I had it on my F4i. I ended up killing the tranny after 38k miles. Mostly because I'm a hack, but partly frmo GP shifting clutchless on the track.

On my new 9R, I'm going to leave it standard shift for now.

Overall however, I like the feel of GP shifting better. Much more positive/crisper upshifts and downshifts.

Yes... i have screweed up before. I once downshifted into 1st at 80mph and had the rear end literally bouncing off the ground half locked up as the engine hammered the rev limiter. Not fun in the middle of traffic on Rt-83.

I've also accidentally uphifted while braking for a corner...not a big deal except that it really screws up your rythem.

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I run GP-shift on my F3 and like it much better then the standard shift. I'd almost impossible to miss an upshift now, just slam that sucker down.
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I like GP shift a lot. It sucks if you don't convert all your bikes. There are pros and cons. Mladin runs standard shift.
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I run GP-shift on my F3 and like it much better then the standard shift. I'd almost impossible to miss an upshift now, just slam that sucker down.
Cafeful! (See above post) that's how I killed my F4i tranny. It takes it's toll.
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Cafeful! (See above post) that's how I killed my F4i tranny. It takes it's toll.
by the time i've got as many miles on f3 as your f4i did I'll probably have gone through 3 other bikes I still use the clutch 99% of the time.
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Mladin runs standard shift.
So didnt Schwantz, Ru$$ell and a few other racers that have won championships.


I tried GP on my F2 and after 2 laps, came back in and switched it back.
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So didnt Schwantz, Ru$$ell and a few other racers that have won championships.


I tried GP on my F2 and after 2 laps, came back in and switched it back.
the track is no place to learn how to do gp shifting. i will be the first one to tell you getting how to shift confused while on the track is one of the worse things that can happen to you. I know first hand. its not fun.

that being said gp shifting is my prefered way to shift.

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I had my bike changed to GP over the winter. I didn't have too hard of a time re-learning how to shift. I rode around the streets for a few hours before hitting Barber. I only mis-shifted once on the track.

I like it a lot more than regular shifting. Like Cherry and Crazy INC said its a lot smoother. I use my clutch all the time, though. If you do switch one bike switch them all. It makes things a lot easier on your mind.

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I use standard shifting and most of the time no clutch whn up shifting. Downshifting, I use the clutch.

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