This week we look at a simple tip to make your motorcycle shift smoother and quicker. Have you ever heard someone say their motorcycle had a clunky transmission? It may not be the transmission it may be how you are shifting through the gears.

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Comments

    • beanywhere666
      beanywhere666

      What if your bike have quickshifter. ? Im afraid to a0ply a little pressure. Might chsnge gear prematurely

      about 12 days ago
    • Colorful Carpet
      Colorful Carpet

      Newish rider, just got my 2016 Yamaha, watched this video and man I cannot stress how helpful it was. Thanks so much for the great tips! Excited to sub and watch the rest of your vids

      about 16 days ago
    • aikidokamks
      aikidokamks

      Thanks for doing this video. I did this by accident a few times and was shocked how easy and quick it was to upshift. I stopped because I thought I was putting more wear and tear on components.

      about 17 days ago
    • RodDay
      RodDay

      Thks for vid. I never used clutch to upshift after I take off. Been doing that way for years and never had any issues. Quicker shifts and doesn’t wear on the clutch. I learned this technique driving bigger trucks and it’s always worked. It may be different for other bikes but works on a magna.

      about 17 days ago
    • Ben Krom
      Ben Krom

      This technique does work on many different transmissions and vehicles, you didn't mention that it reduces the life of the transmission. First things I was taught 40ish years ago was not to hold clutch in at lights , not to preload shift forks and don't be much too much on the clutch. Only preloaded the forks when speed shifting. LOL

      about 17 days ago
    • Ben Krom
      Ben Krom In reply to Ben Krom

      @52hands when you put pressure on shifter you put side force on the shifting forks in tranny which can prematurely wear out at the least the fork in the tranny. You find this more in cars where the driver rests his hand on shifter.

      about 13 days ago
    • 52hands
      52hands In reply to Ben Krom

      What does preloading the fork mean?

      about 13 days ago
    • Justin Manson
      Justin Manson

      Hey talk a little slower

      about 18 days ago
    • abby615 vlogs
      abby615 vlogs

      new subscribers here dude...tnx for ur informative video..

      about 18 days ago
    • Marc Pardalis
      Marc Pardalis

      I love clunky!!!

      about 19 days ago
    • playboylosvegas
      playboylosvegas

      Man the ending was brilliant

      about 24 days ago
    • ruud
      ruud

      Cannot wait to try it out

      about 26 days ago
    • EyeRiseUpx
      EyeRiseUpx

      I tend to dump my clutch to quick sometimes up shifting. I know its bad i want to break the habit. Dont want to burn my clutch. But downshifting is a piece of cake for me.

      about 28 days ago
    • Roberta Collins
      Roberta Collins

      I guess I'll go sign up so as not to make you sit there and wait. I'm a beginner rider so looking up videos.

      about 1 month ago
    • Ronan Carrillo
      Ronan Carrillo

      Kevin, thanks for all the informative tips! I'm a 2nd season rider and moved up from a street 750 into a 2019 Street Bob. It is much more clunky on the shifting. I'm still learning a lot about the does and don'ts of riding. This video is helpful to me. I didn't realize that you dont need to hold in the clutch all the way in order to shift gears. I'm definitely going to try this the next time I'm on the Bob. Thanks again!

      about 1 month ago
    • JamesStemmlerMusic
      JamesStemmlerMusic

      Learned preloading around the time I learned to ride and glad I did so early meant my shifts were that much smoother right off the bat. Today I actually clutchless shift quite often as altho it is tricker to learn, once you master clutchless shifting it can be the smoothest shifting you'll ever do. I ride a 1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim. Clutchless shift all the time and you don't even know you're shifting it's so smooth. Takes practice to master but I believe clutchless shifting is a very good skill to have as a more advanced shifting technique. The preloading is extra important with clutchless shifting as well. When clutchless shifting preloading becomes that much more important as once you briefly blip off the throttle and reverse the polarity of the transmission it pops up into the next gear and you're on your way. So whether you shift with your clutch, or clutchless shift, preloading is a very important thing to learn in order to get the smoothest and quickest shifts👍 Greats videos as always man.

      about 1 month ago
    • Marek Stawicki
      Marek Stawicki

      Heh, think it over agian Kevin :) if you are on the 1st gear, you can't really shift down, can you?:)
      that's 1, the 2 is: if you want to do is smooth, you CAN'T roll off the throttle before apply the clutch! You ave to do it simultaneously. And if any goes first, it would be clutch, NOT the throttle!
      And the third. If I am not mistaken ALL gear boxes in bikes are a claw type. This means you don't even have to use clutch to smoothly change the gear: simply apply the preload on the shifting lever, and gently roll off the throttle a bit, and the shifter lever will jump up (or down) just by itself. I have made over 50kkm (31kmiles) with absolutely no damage to the gear box!

      about 1 month ago
    • James Ransom
      James Ransom

      You can actually upshift without even a manipulating the clutch all using this technique. If you become really skilled you can also downshift the same way without the clutch

      about 1 month ago
    • Jim Flammer
      Jim Flammer

      Does preloading the shifter cause excessive wear?

      about 1 month ago
    • godofm3tal1
      godofm3tal1

      Seems like this would put a lot of unnecessary wear on the dogs and maybe even the clutch

      about 1 month ago
    • godofm3tal1
      godofm3tal1 In reply to godofm3tal1

      I'm well aware of "clutch less shifting" and that some think it's not harmful. But it is. It beats on the dogs and dog holes really bad. If you did around you'll find a video of a guy that actually took a tranny apart and shows you the damage caused. There's absolutely no way shifting without the clutch is going to be easy on your trans. The clutch is there for a reason. Use it.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jakob Linnet
      Jakob Linnet In reply to godofm3tal1

      Look up more videos on quick shifting, they'll all tell you, that you don't have to use the clutch and it doesnt do any harm because the pressure you put on the gear is so small. Haven't tried it myself yet

      about 1 month ago
    • John Williams
      John Williams

      Hey where are you finding all these empty roads? This must be Texas, here in LA empty roads do not exist.....that does it! Moving to Arizona! Thanks for the video.

      about 1 month ago
    • Vietkong Fire
      Vietkong Fire

      Do you have a video on rev matching from top gear downshifting to lowest gear?

      about 1 month ago
    • MGTOW CAT FOOD SALESMAN
      MGTOW CAT FOOD SALESMAN In reply to Vietkong Fire

      Just walk it down or go two at a time. Let's say im cruising 55mph in 6th gear while dragging the rear and pumping the front brake in and out I'll either knock it down a gear at a time or sometimes I'll double click 6th to 4th and give it a good blip, then do the same 4th to 2nd. Thing about that is it allows you to hold the front brake longer and squeeze it more for a faster stop, or if you're trying to catch a turn a little late

      about 1 month ago
    • James Herrington
      James Herrington

      Been riding stuff since I was 10 and never heard this . Cool.!

      about 1 month ago
    • Daniel Serra
      Daniel Serra

      Great video thanks Kevin

      about 1 month ago
    • Artur
      Artur

      I’ve heard several people saying that preloading the shifter will cause premature wear on the gears. From well know riders to mechanics.
      I never pre load and still get a great shifting action.

      about 1 month ago
    • el guero 3452
      el guero 3452 In reply to Artur

      im jw whats that mean

      about 1 month ago
    • Alejandro Gonzales
      Alejandro Gonzales

      This helped me out a lot on upshifting, but I'm still bad at rev-matching.

      about 1 month ago
    • Big Chungus
      Big Chungus In reply to Alejandro Gonzales

      Rev matching is all about timing, keep practicing and trust me, eventually you'll do it without even thinking.

      about 1 month ago
    • George Mooyman
      George Mooyman

      My bike clunks bad into first gear.

      about 1 month ago
    • hillie47
      hillie47 In reply to George Mooyman

      @George Mooyman no sweat, I learn new things every day! Stay safe!

      about 1 month ago
    • George Mooyman
      George Mooyman In reply to George Mooyman

      @hillie47 That's right I only just learn this.

      about 1 month ago
    • hillie47
      hillie47 In reply to George Mooyman

      That should only be an issue at the start of a ride. I see many riders shift to neutral at traffic lights and such, but the risk, to me, is far too big. It costs a few extra seconds when you see someone come up from behind, compared to staying in first gear. Just yesterday a friend of mine got hit from behind in his car at a traffic light and he's pretty shook up from it. On the bike it's a much bigger problem.


      I understand it can be tiring for the left hand, so make sure to keep the clutch cable lubed (if you have a cable and not a hydraulic clutch). It's something I like on Kawasaki's, the light clutch pull, just makes it a little easier to stay in gear.

      about 1 month ago
    • GARYtheFLATHEAD
      GARYtheFLATHEAD

      I learn something new every day.
      My Yamaha Road Star Silverado is super smooth compared to my older Honda Ace was but I’m betting this technique will make it even better! Thank you for all of your efforts!

      about 1 month ago
    • Charles Cunningham
      Charles Cunningham

      I have a hard time shifting down. It here's a loud clicking shifting down.

      about 1 month ago
    • Artur
      Artur In reply to Charles Cunningham

      Charles Cunningham give it a little gas as you push down on the shift lever.

      about 1 month ago
    • Michael Russell
      Michael Russell

      This is just going to lead to a bunch of people not using their clutch at all to upshift.

      about 1 month ago
    • Scrum Thebum2
      Scrum Thebum2

      I noticed you took the heal shifter off. Will your tip work with the heal shifter cause i really like the heal shifter after riding with just a toe shifter for 40 years

      about 1 month ago
    • Alphonse Faure
      Alphonse Faure

      This is the method I used while learning to shift without the clutch

      about 1 month ago