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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    • Alistair Royan
      Alistair Royan

      Loved the explanation in detail with the split video. Will certainly give it a try this week. Although, a little apprehensive on the pre-load being harmful to the gearbox or not? It'll be great if you can get back on this. Thanks

      about 15 days ago
    • Vincenzo Campisi Gonzalez
      Vincenzo Campisi Gonzalez

      isn't thad 'pre load' on gearbox kind of harmful?

      about 16 days ago
    • KB Adams
      KB Adams

      I would like to see a video on Slowing down for a turn, should you squeeze the clutch in and downshift so you are in 2nd Gear to make the turn or what is the correct or safest process to do this?

      about 28 days ago
    • James Kubash
      James Kubash

      Thanks for making the riding I love better smarter safer funner. Keep up the good work, keep riding

      about 1 month ago
    • Jon B.
      Jon B.

      Gonna try this next time I ride! Got yourself a new subscriber 🤙🏻

      about 1 month ago
    • MCrider - Motorcycle Training
      MCrider - Motorcycle Training In reply to Jon B.

      Thanks Jon

      about 1 month ago
    • CW Productions
      CW Productions

      will try this thx

      about 1 month ago
    • John Newton
      John Newton

      Best description yet, thanks Kevin. What are your feelings about clutchless shifting using the same technique, minus the clutch?

      about 1 month ago
    • Scott Gingras
      Scott Gingras

      Mark. I watched this today on my break at work and tried the shifting technique on my 2014 Road King on the way home. WOW, what a difference in how smooth shifting up is. But I need work on the downshifting! lol. (whiplash). Great videos. Keep them coming.

      about 2 months ago
    • Roger Cohn
      Roger Cohn

      Nice. Not every tip has to be a life or death situation. Never tried this shifting technique before. My Ducati has a clunky shifter for a modern sport bike. It's hard to find neutral sometimes also. But it never misses a shift or pops out of gear. My 1981 CBX shifts smooth as butter. Easy to find neutral from any gear and also doesn't miss shifts. Why can't Ducati make tranny's that shift like Hondas?

      about 2 months ago
    • Stephen Hernandez
      Stephen Hernandez

      Great video, thanks Kevin your tip works well....👍🏼

      about 2 months ago
    • Noel Singletary
      Noel Singletary

      I don't use the clutch to upshift. I get my RPM's up to the speed of the gear then let off the throttle and upshift at the same time. Smooth as glass. Of course downshifting requires me to use the clutch. I drove my standard shift truck the same way. If your speed doesn't match the gear, the bike won't upshift. Go a little faster and try again until you learn your speeds.

      about 2 months ago
    • abraham bacos
      abraham bacos

      Make also a video about the importance of horns...

      about 2 months ago
    • josue diaz
      josue diaz

      Great video man

      about 2 months ago
    • Victor Adorno
      Victor Adorno

      From Puerto Rico thanks for your tips. Are very helpfull

      about 2 months ago
    • Marios Selfie
      Marios Selfie

      I used this tip and it really works. As a new rider myself i'd sometimes try to put it in second gear and by accident put it in neutral or my gears shifts would not be smooth. I followed the tip on preloading the shift change and it helped. Thanks a lot. Liked

      about 2 months ago
    • Lynx C
      Lynx C

      Can i use this technique on an semiautomatic motorcycle?? Like yamaha sight 115 fi?

      about 2 months ago
    • the goblin
      the goblin

      Would have loved for you to touch on how to do better shifting on a heel- toe shifter . Love your videos .

      about 3 months ago
    • Jim Becker
      Jim Becker

      Any possible way to minimize the dreaded clunk when putting the shifter into
      first from neutral while sitting at a full stop. Sounds like it's hard on the trans.

      about 3 months ago
    • Buttstuff
      Buttstuff In reply to Jim Becker

      It's not, that's the dog teeth engaging, it's normal in motorcycle transmissions.

      about 3 months ago
    • Thomas Aureli
      Thomas Aureli

      Well spoken. Technique works exactly as explained. Thank you for the tip .

      about 3 months ago
    • deepak kumar
      deepak kumar

      very nice tech! I will practice this. What were those marks on the road !

      about 3 months ago
    • deepak kumar
      deepak kumar In reply to deepak kumar

      @Chris Davin There are cracks on the roads ! unbelievable ! we have heard that even water in a glass doesn't shake the roads are of such high quality ! 🤔

      about 3 months ago
    • Chris Davin
      Chris Davin In reply to deepak kumar

      deepak kumar road snakes. They fill cracks in the tar.

      about 3 months ago
    • Paul Bissonnette
      Paul Bissonnette

      will that technique possibly harm any transmission or clutch components if not executed properly whilst first giving it a go ?

      about 3 months ago
    • Jim Mopar4
      Jim Mopar4

      I really enjoy your videos they’re very educational specially a rookie like me🤦‍♂️ would you do a video if you’re sitting on a uphill or downhill on a stop the proper way of going.thx

      about 3 months ago
    • bjofuruh

      I know I can do this. How come? I have the same MC-boots! 4:59

      about 3 months ago
    • nvstewart

      This is a technique I discovered by accident when I bought my first bike, a little CBR125R. When Shifting slowly there was no problem, when trying to shift as fast as I could the bike would pop out of gear if I tried to shift quickly between 4th and 6th. After preloading the lever and holding it up until I have fully released the clutch solved this issue and my upshifts became eye blinking fast.

      Preloading for the downshifts I have never tried because honestly, I don't see a point, It is not required, I am a very quick learner and I ride every single day all year round as I have no car and do not ever want a car so blipping the throttle on downshifts became second nature very quickly as I practiced this technique since day 1 of my riding career. During downshifts I can not feel the shift through my body, same with upshifts unless I am riding like a lunatic on my GSX-S750 and using all the revs and all the throttle.

      Clutchless shifting was discovered shortly after learning to preload and is a technique I sometimes use, but not always.

      about 3 months ago
    • 2Timone7

      Great tip!  The guy that taught me this when I was young called it "anticipating the shift".  I does work.  I'm glad I discovered your videos, thanks for making them.  Haha!  I subscribed literally 3 seconds before the call out at the end.

      about 3 months ago
    • chinggis83

      7:00 Kevin has become a Millennial.

      about 3 months ago
    • 989

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

      about 4 months 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 4 months ago
    • 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 4 months ago
    • 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 4 months ago