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Anyone know why race bikes have an opposite shift pattern from street bikes?

I have been used to the "street" pattern, but just switched my bike to "GP" pattern today. Before I waste a lot of the already minimal brain power I have trying to learn a new shift pattern is their a real improvement on the track with the "GP" pattern?

Is it any less safe on the street?
 

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what do you meen shift pattern??? like you go 1 up and 5 down??
 

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ui also heard that race bikes have an automatic up shift at a certain RPM ???? is that true??
 

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Yeah, I changed my bike to now shift 1 up and 5 down. So now I tap my foot to up shift and lift my toe to downshift.

As for "automatic up shifting", I know you can buy an air shifter. The drag racers I know all use them. I don't know much about how it works, other than at a certain rpm (which you calibrate) it builds enough pressure to move your shift lever and engage the next gear. I prefer the tracks with corners, so I like I said, I don't know much about them.
 

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CBR Rider said:
Yeah, I changed my bike to now shift 1 up and 5 down. So now I tap my foot to up shift and lift my toe to downshift.

As for "automatic up shifting", I know you can buy an air shifter. The drag racers I know all use them. I don't know much about how it works, other than at a certain rpm (which you calibrate) it builds enough pressure to move your shift lever and engage the next gear. I prefer the tracks with corners, so I like I said, I don't know much about them.

Im went to Gp style myself for my race and streetbikes. It is simple why a majority of racers do it, It takes less time to downsift than to upshift. Plus most false neutrals are done while upshifting and thats no fun while your is pack of bikes racing it out.
 

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CBR Rider said:
Yeah, I changed my bike to now shift 1 up and 5 down. So now I tap my foot to up shift and lift my toe to downshift.

As for "automatic up shifting", I know you can buy an air shifter. The drag racers I know all use them. I don't know much about how it works, other than at a certain rpm (which you calibrate) it builds enough pressure to move your shift lever and engage the next gear. I prefer the tracks with corners, so I like I said, I don't know much about them.
thanks i have had that question for ever
 

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twisty said:
Im went to Gp style myself for my race and streetbikes. It is simple why a majority of racers do it, It takes less time to downsift than to upshift. Plus most false neutrals are done while upshifting and thats no fun while your is pack of bikes racing it out.
yeah but then when you ride a normal bike dont you mess it up lol :skep:
 

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ok that would just throw me way the fcuk off, and i mean real bad. i rode 1 down 4-5 up my whole life. that would jsut drive me nuts.
 

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When I first started riding, other riders would ask what shift pattern my bike had. I guess it was because of all the English bikes that were around at the time.
 

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I will only ride GP shift now. It took me about 1/2 a track day to really get used to it, and now it's a no brainer. Makes it easier to upshift when you're in the middle of a corner...tap down! Very easy! I love it!

If you switch to a GP pattern, you probably will want GP pattern on any bike you have. TRUST ME! I can tell you a funny story about one of the only times I rode on the back of Roach's Ducati with him on his bike that didn't have a GP shift on it. Not good to mess up, especially if you're on a 4-stroke!
 

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SpeedWerks.com said:
I will only ride GP shift now. It took me about 1/2 a track day to really get used to it, and now it's a no brainer. Makes it easier to upshift when you're in the middle of a corner...tap down! Very easy! I love it!

If you switch to a GP pattern, you probably will want GP pattern on any bike you have. TRUST ME! I can tell you a funny story about one of the only times I rode on the back of Roach's Ducati with him on his bike that didn't have a GP shift on it. Not good to mess up, especially if you're on a 4-stroke!
Same here. GP shift pattern makes it easy to upshift when leaned over in a left hand turn. Plus, banging down through the gears makes it easier to prevent a mishift...
 

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never did it, even drag racing, i had enough trouble remembering which way the next turn was let alone figuring out which way was and up shift or a downshift...i just could see me going down a gear when i should be going up and getting spit off....

never really had a turn where i was shifting in the middle of it so clearance was never a problem with my foot.

some people did it back then , some didnt , it's a persnal preference.
 

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I'm with ya jack... I'll keep it the same as stock... I can see/understand the advantage of the GP style but I'll stick with it the way it is... not to mention if you're riding a buddies bike or vis versa... you could wreck his bike or he could wreck yours.... :bash: :D
 

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twisty said:
I changed my normal bikes as well.
no i meen someone elses bike
 

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Gas Man said:
I'm with ya jack... I'll keep it the same as stock... I can see/understand the advantage of the GP style but I'll stick with it the way it is... not to mention if you're riding a buddies bike or vis versa... you could wreck his bike or he could wreck yours.... :bash: :D
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Nine29 said:
It is personal preference and since I don't let anyone ride my bike it hasn't been a problem.
:nonod: boring
 
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