+1 for it being personal preference, but I cannot figure out why anyone would have standard as their personal preference! lol
Not many cons, other than getting mixed up.
1.) It makes so much sense when you're riding!
2.) You never downshift when you're leaned over, but you do upshift while leaned over. Now you don't have to try to move your foot and get it UNDER the lever in order to shift.
3.) on high speed straights you can stay in a full tuck and use the least amount of effort to upshift.
4.) Downshifts occur when you're sitting up typically anyway, so it's easy to get your foot under the lever to downshift.
I'm sure there are more, but I'm still sleepy :)
Originally Posted by PdubRR
Gonna play devil's advocate here for an explanation why GP shift is not standard and standard shift is, well, standard. Most are taught and it's enshrined in MSF instruction to do all your shifting and braking before turning. Also taught in emergency stopping to do the same things with both hands and feet. Pull in on both hand levers and tapping down on both foot levers. For general purpose motorcycle riding this is all very logical. There are more occasions for fast downshifting than upshifting. It's only racers or performance oriented riders who would want to upshift while mid corner. In other riding you would enter a corner in a gear appropriate to see you all the way through and there's plenty of time to upshift when you're back mostly upright. It would make sense though for regular track riders and racers to run GP shift on the street as it facilitates one mode of muscle memory.
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The other reason for standard is us motocross guys. When we come into a corner we are all slid up on the seat and its a violent downshift into the corner. In that position it would be very hard to get your toe under the shifter. The opposite is true out of the gate or a corner, leaned forward with tbe butt back on the seat to keep the front wheel down. In that position (using GP) your whole foot would be on top the shifter intstead of using the peg as a pivot point. Its hard to explain unless you ride dirt but I dont race street so I just keep all my bikes standard.
Good point. I do ride my dirt bike standard but you can't switch it anyway.