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I finally decided to try the GP style shift. I think im going to like it.
Here are a couple of pics I dont think I mangled it up to bad. What do you guys think?
Do you like where im sporting the zx10r.net sticker?

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-27-2007, 11:58 PM
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I finally decided to try the GP style shift. I think im going to like it.
Here are a couple of pics I dont think I mangled it up to bad. What do you guys think?
Do you like where im sporting the zx10r.net sticker?

https://zx-10r.net/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=3285

https://zx-10r.net/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=3284
I have been riding the last 15 years with a reverse shift pattern, or 1 Up and 5 down. But when I went to flip the shifter around on my new 10R, it hits the fairing lower and I am not willing to cut the plastic at this time for proper clearance. So now I will have to get use to 1 down, 5 up. That can be very dangerous. Magazine test riders (racers) used to reverse shifts have been know to trash out new testbikes because of this. Go to shift from 3rd to 4th under hard acceleration and accidentaly go from 3 to 2nd instead can be disasterous.

I like 1 Up / 5 Down much better. Easier to push down on the pedal to go faster than pulling up on it. IM surprised Kawi didn't provide adequate clearance for this.

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Depends on what you mean by dangerous.

My buddy switched his GSXR to GP style shift and was 'upshifting' leaving a stop sign and his foot slipped down off the shifter and he stiff-legged the pavement, shattered his knee, destroyed his bike, blah blah blah.

So I guess it's not really the shift pattern that is dangerous, but doing what you are accustomed to doing on a bike you are NOT accustomed to.... is that what you meant to say JJ or did I misunderstand you?
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-28-2007, 04:27 AM
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Had that setup on an old mach 4 750. But the shift on those was 5 up, was a real pain in the arse for hitting neutral


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I had to go back to regular shifting on the aprilia and missed several shifts trying to get used to it again. When I went to the gp style I never missed a shift. It felt more natural to me.

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That looks like a professional cut.
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I have been riding the last 15 years with a reverse shift pattern, or 1 Up and 5 down. But when I went to flip the shifter around on my new 10R, it hits the fairing lower and I am not willing to cut the plastic at this time for proper clearance. So now I will have to get use to 1 down, 5 up. That can be very dangerous. Magazine test riders (racers) used to reverse shifts have been know to trash out new testbikes because of this. Go to shift from 3rd to 4th under hard acceleration and accidentaly go from 3 to 2nd instead can be disasterous.

I like 1 Up / 5 Down much better. Easier to push down on the pedal to go faster than pulling up on it. IM surprised Kawi didn't provide adequate clearance for this.

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HHHmmmm...I like the idea but till i get used to it,i know im gonna forget where i am..

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I never did like GP shift, my foot has a real problem hitting the downshifts (clicking it up) while under HEAVY braking. It did kind of come in handy on the long right hander before the finish line at Road Atlanta but thats about it.
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No cut option....
I would prefer to make a small cut in the fairings rather than this option.

The bracket should be in a 90 degree angle towards the shiftrod. If the angle is not 90 degrees, the push and pull forces applied by the shiftrod will not get the full effect.

This means that you will have to apply more preasure to the gearlever to fully engage the gears in the gearbox. This will sooner or later make you miss gears, hit false neutral, and so on.... Maybe not right away, but when you push hard for a long time on the track (which I must assume that you do if you really need the GP-shift pattern), you will get tired and start being sloppy with your gearchanges....

I had this problem with my first racebike. And i was sure that the gearbox was about to give up on me any time. Missed gears and false neutrals... When adjusting the gearlever I noticed that the previous owner had mounted the bracket in the wrong way, and the angle from the shiftrod was far away from 90 degrees. I changed the position of the bracket, and the problem was solved... Shifting was a lot better...

Unfortunatly the missed gears, and false neutrals, had already damaged the gearbox. And I can tell you that repairing the gearbox is a lot more work than cutting away a couple of millimeters of plastic...

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