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Old 01-10-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Melbourne, Oz
Oddometer: 2,583
Nice one. Congratulations.

All airhead gearboxs are clunkers, more so than most. It does take very deliberate technique and can be a real annoyance if the rider expects something more slick. The heavier fly wheel models (ie yours) benefit from using the correct method.

Upshifting is a preload the lever with foot before clutch lever in and snicking into gear. The downshift benefits greatly from the blip. Selecting neutral when coming to a stop is easier with the wheels still turning too. Foot action on the lever should be firm.

It'd be worth going for a ride specifically to practice the technique.

Good clutch adjustment is very important and a semi synth also seems to help improve the feel (at least it does on my later 11/1981 bike)

Plan well ahead for braking!

Have fun.
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