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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question (Mods please move if you have to). I was wondering how many have changed their gear shift patterns. I was reading about how easy it was to do. Please let me know the pros and cons of changing over to this. What you liked and didn't like about this.

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i have my Ducati and Honda switched to GP, i like it cause upshifts are more important, and its easier to push down then pull up. mostly when coming out of a turn.

it took about a week of street riding to get used to it.

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I didnt like it. I changed a previous bike and ran with it for several weeks and could not get used to it mentally. I know the positives to it, but since I couldnt re-train myself they weren't worth it.

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I wouldn't suggest making the change before you go to the track unless you have a time to get use to it. You will have enough things to think about on the track and why add one more thing to worry about.

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I did it one winter to all my bikes. Then when I started riding in the spring I made myself learn. It took a couple of days, but I didn't have a problem. I prefer the set up, and it was pretty easy to do on my 10R.

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No, no... I'm not changing anything to my bike (not this season anyways). I wanted to see who has their bike(s) set-up like this and to see if they like it or not.

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Ive been thinking about this to but i unno. the backwards shifting messes with my head.

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I tried it for awhile, it was nice, especially in certain areas of some tracks. I'm ambi-shifterous, so it doesn't really matter all that much to me, especially on a streetbike.
That said, I ended up putting all the bikes that were GP back to standard. Just makes more sense in 90% of the situations I find myself in on the track.

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I didnt like it. I changed a previous bike and ran with it for several weeks and could not get used to it mentally. I know the positives to it, but since I couldnt re-train myself they weren't worth it.
I did this on accident on my gixxer while changing the chain and sprockets. Took off like normal and freaked out when I couldn't up shift . It might have been cool if I practiced for a while, but after years of riding with standard shifting, I did not want to relearn, so I went back to normal shifting. Trust me, it is easy to change it, on my 05 gixxer it takes about 2 minutes.

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I also have my RC GP shift and am much more comfortable with it.

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I also have my RC GP shift and am much more comfortable with it.
its the only way to roll.. i just wish i could switch my fiddy.

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its the only way to roll.. i just wish i could switch my fiddy.
you can, not easily though.

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I switched to GP before my first trackday last November. Had it ever since. Standard shift doesn't even make sense to me anymore. It's personal preference really.

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I actually rode to work the first time in GP yesterday. I takes getting used too. I was thinking, if you ever get into a panic situation and you have to think about which way to shift, definetly not a good thing.

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I actually rode to work the first time in GP yesterday. I takes getting used too. I was thinking, if you ever get into a panic situation and you have to think about which way to shift, definetly not a good thing.
yup.. with GP, always remember ... down is up.

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I can ride either way but prefer regular shifting. I have a hard time downshifting multiple downshifts with GP shift while racing. It is personal preference. No right or wrong. There are some AMA riders that don't use GP shift I believe Matt Mladin is one of them. Also Wheelies are a bitch with GP shift. I can't get the hang of shifting during a wheelie. This was a problem on the Ducati 999

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Who is the only World GP Champion (top class) to race with a street pattern?
i was going to guess bayliss till I saw you say GP. shit.

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Switched to GP when I started racing Mostly cuz I thought it was cool at first!

When you get fast enough to really lean over you realize how nice it is to be able to up-shift without having dragging. Got used to it that way so I switched my street bike over too.

It's wierd for about a mile when I ride my standard shift VTX. Nothing difficult, I just need to be conscious of what I'm riding and how it shifts.

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Who is the only World GP Champion (top class) to race with a street pattern?

I think it was someone who had an injury to there foot and needed it to be standard shift. Right??
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Changed to GP shift this year, and makes it much easier to shift up while hanging off the right side. I will never go back to standard. You just have to put it in your head into it: shift up, push down.

I screwed it up a few times in the beginning, but after a while seems more natural.

With an 06 Gixxer, it is one of the most simple to change. Simply flip the top lever. Suzuki makes clearance for the shift rod for that purpose.
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I have a hard time downshifting multiple downshifts with GP shift while racing.
I agree with this douchebag. BHF requires that I downshift 4 times going into turn 1 and sometimes I can't do it fast enough because I'm going so fast and I brake so late.

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Kevin Schwantz?

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oh wait, you mean it doesnt have to be an active racer? mccoy is my guess.

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oh wait, you mean it doesnt have to be an active racer? mccoy is my guess.
except McCoy never won a world championship.

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okay. It's Kevin Schwantz!

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