I have learned to shift smoothly and quietly by putting a slight upward pressure on the shift lever , and simultainously bliping the throttle to idle and fanning the clutch.
Also you should be able to upshift from 2-3 upward with out using the clutch.
I would not recommend shifting without using the clutch especially if you’re a beginner (this isn't Super or Moto Cross). You have to know and feel the bike very well in order to accomplish this without hurting your beloved ride.
Thanks for the response!! I'm a stickler for break in, so there will be no shifting between 7-9000 rpms for me for a while. Thanks for the straight forward answer Pepe. I'll keep enjoying the bike--raining tonight so no after work ride today, darn!!
Don't worry too much about it. It gets better as it gets more miles on it. I remember the old honda interstates clunked and i asked the dealer and he said they all did it and no big deal. Some bikes just are smoother than others but it doesn't mean anything. I wear a full face helmet and earplugs and it blocks out most minor noises. Just ride it as that is normal.
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I agree, it does get better, but so far the clunk hasn't gone away completely. After riding it awhile though, you'll get used to it & hardly notice. The Versys is so fun, your giggling will drown out the negatives...
I have found that when you downshift properly and drop into 1st below 15 mph, it snicks right into 1st with barely a click. When the bike is cold the initial clunk is a little more audible, when it warms up it gets better. I bought the bike with 2500 miles on it, and have since put on 1700 miles, and am running regular mc oil. I will run synthetic next oil change and see if it improves even more.
Yea I'm sick that its raining and I couldn't go riding. I don't do alot of downshifting, unless nessecary, instead I use the brakes. I was always told that brakes are cheaper than clutches. Really looking forward to after work tomorrow- suposed to be nice!
Is it just me or does the bike seem to hug your legs back? lol