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May 22, 2003, 04:23 PM

How do you all know what gear you are in and what gear you should be in after slowing?

For example, do you keep track of what gear you are in as you upshift, then look at a turn or corner and say "that should be a 2nd gear corner" and downshift accordingly? Or do you just kind of get a "feel" for what gear you should be in and how much to downshift?

Please describe your strategies, obviously everyone will have their own but I think it would be helpful to hear from some experianced riders. Thanks!
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May 22, 2003, 04:38 PM

I"m probably not the best person to answer, but I will anyway:

I just concentrate on keeping my rpms in the power band (7-10k for me). if I'm at 7 and slowing for a corner, then yep, I'm gonna need to downshift. If its a really sharp 180 degree turn, I might even grab 2 gears.

other than that, I recognize 2nd gear by my speed/rpms. that way I don't downshift into first. I also recognize 5/6th so I don't try shifting into 7th gear.

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May 22, 2003, 08:08 PM

Try this...

You can find them here...

I have one of each of my race bikes and it really helps learning new tracks or trying different gearing. I glance at it occasionally if I get lost as to which gear I'm in coming out of the last turn down the strech. It happens sometimes when you are focused on other things like passing another rider or debris in the track, etc.

As far as downshifting and keeping count, I usually drop one to two gears depending on the corner and the length of the straight (has to do with speed) leading up to it.

Hope that helps.

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July 21, 2003, 04:11 PM

I was wondering if this unit will work with my 95 ZX6R.. its got your regular needle gauges... will it work for my bike... if not how can i make it work... :mad2:

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