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Old 01-20-2009, 06:36 AM   #1
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To put it simply, downshifting is the reverse sequence of upshifting. Take an MSF class before you ride your Rebel on the street.
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:37 AM   #2
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Default Down shifting

So ive never ridden a motorcycle but i own a Hona Ruckus scooter, i was wondering about down shifting a motorcycle, is it the same as shifting up, you just hold the clutch in and kick it into gear....might buy a honda rebel but dont want to if its too hard to shift.
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:54 AM   #3
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Most 'real' motorcycles have the shifter on the left side, and use the following pattern (from Neutral):

1 click down for 1st gear, then lift the peg to get either Neutral again, or all the way up to get 2nd though Top gear with repeated clicks.

A bike transmission is a sequential shifter, which means, unlike a manual shift car, you've got to progress thought the gears. You cannot go from 5th to first, for instance.

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Old 01-20-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
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Yeah, take the MSF course. Although, if you're thinking that a motorcycle might not be for you just because you have to learn to shift, then maybe it's not for you.
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:43 PM   #5
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I was fortuante in that I learned to shift on M's, H's, Super M's ect... but I digress. Learn to shift, your life will be richer for the effort. You'll enjoy operating motor vehicles much more no matter what your goal, performance or economy. It'll also be a useful skill operating imported Soviet farm equipment in the future.
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