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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-03-2017, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Ask MO Anything: Is Clutchless Shifting Bad For My Transmission?

Yes, itís all true. Well, it kind of depends on your bike. Some motorcycles with great big flywheels and big gears, like many Harleys and some BMW Boxers, need the clutch Ė or at least a little clutch Ė for nearly every shift. Most sportbikes only need you to use the clutch to pull away from stops and for the shift from first to second gear.

At slow, around-town speeds, we mostly use at least a little clutch to shift anyway; you donít need to pull the lever all the way in every time you use it. But if youíre steadily accelerating, and especially at WOT (wide open throttle), youíll find that after second gear, if you roll the throttle closed just enough to unload the driveline, for just a split second, with your toe pressing on the lever, then third gear will slip right in without using the clutch at all. Fourth, 5th and 6th will slip in even easier since the gaps between them are increasingly smaller. Done smoothly, itís no harder on your gearbox than using the clutch.
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ouchhh !!!!! the answer is simple just cut open your oil filter you will find some of the transmission there

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I do clutchless shifting a lot of the time. I even shifted by RPM and not the clutch on my last pickup with a stick because I could. It's all about RPM and listening to the engine......
But I don't ride a Harley or BMW......
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