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I'm still relatively new to street bikes, so this is new to me. A couple friends that used to race say they never clutch on upshifts when they're racing or getting on it, only on down shifts, which makes sense.

My bike has been apart since they told me this so I haven't had a chance to try it. They say to just roll off the throttle about 50% and pop the next gear, and then back to WOT.
 

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I clutch 95% of the time and have on occasion not used the clutch on hard upshifting and easy downshifting. I can't say I really notice an advantage to not clutching during a shift, then again I don't spend any time on the track.
 

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The only time I dont clutch is when im really getting on it, i mean really getting on it, where its getting close to red-line..but other than that..I always do..force of habit I guess. :bike:
 

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No cluch for me on upshifts and really fast corners I down shift with no cluch as well. I could get into a huge spread on why it is ok but I'll wont. I had 30K miles on my 2001TLS. I NEVER used the clutch to up shift and hardly to down shift. I dont advise you to do it downshifting because, you get alot of wheel spin but that is ok if your racing or just want to have fun. Plus it is kinda hard on the sproket.
 

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AFter racing DJ last nite a couple times, found myself clutchless most of the time...so much easier/saves those milliseconds too
 

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I always use the clutch, but I don't always let off the gas. My 79 has a cable clutch and my 90 is hydraulic. Both are so smooth that it is a pleasure to flick them into gear.
 

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I try to not use it but still find myself using it all the time. Just a habit I guess. From time to time I do remember not to use it and it does make it easier. :D
 
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