What is short shifting?

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What is short shifting?

What is short shifting? aint got a clue what it is and i'veheard it mentioned a fair few times

Changing up early (i.e before you hit the top of the revs)HTH

Its for little people.

ahh k thx

This is what it is as far as I know :Technically it is shifting up before you hit peak power not peak revs, and peak power is found usually a few hundred revs before the redline.It is used typically in wet weather on any other situation where rear wheel traction could be a problem as it prevents the rear wheel from spinning up under max power.

It means shifting up well before you get to peak anything, which on a decent 4 stroke bike will find you in "nice", "safe", positionsI do it all the time - for anything modern 600cc or over, you REALLY DON'T NEED TO REV THE ARSE OFF IT. Honest guv. Not on the road anyway. Surf the torque, and enjoy yerself.

RC51's with Erion pipes, V-Max's with Cobra pipes and DR's with a cobra pipe when leaving the garage at 06:00 and trying not to wake the neighborhood up.

... sounds a bit like something Julian Clary once boasted of having done to Norman Lamont!

so other than not waking the neighbours, what's it used for then? xx Sunny(Be gentle with me I'm new to all this )

If you didn't shortshift, you'd only use 1 (well, maybe 2) gears on the roadand you'd highside regularly

Admin wrote

This is what it is as far as I know :Technically it is shifting up before you hit peak power not peak revs, and peak power is found usually a few hundred revs before the redline.It is used typically in wet weather on any other situation where rear wheel traction could be a problem as it prevents the rear wheel from spinning up under max power.

Its what people do, when they don't take it to the max in each gear. Basically its what we all do, day in day out, when not right on it !!!!!!

Animal wrote

If you didn't shortshift, you'd only use 1 (well, maybe 2) gears on the roadand you'd highside regularly

Dont be a poof! I redline in every gear!

what's that smell ????

ok i need a shower.

LOLOL

and here I thought it was something highly technical that I knew nothing about :PThanX guys xx Sunny

Another reason for short-shifting (that racers use) is where the convenient point for the engine to change gear may not be the most convenient point on a track, for example right in the middle of a corner.On some corners it is useful to go up a gear so that you can get furrther out of the corner exit and have the bike further upright before you have to change gear.

Just to take the generally excepted explanation a little further...Peeps have posted saying it's when you change up before peak power/max revs.Whilst we are on the subject I think it only fair to point out that a lot of people use to describe when they are changing gear earlier than they normally would. Of the non-sports bike riders here I doubt many of them red line it in 2nd (say) but I reckon there will be occasions when some of them will change up even earlier deliberately. Normally done to make things smoother (ie when taking a pillion or in less than ideal conditions) Furthering the "to stop the rear wheel lighting up" point it's often done (in F1 noteable as well as bikes) at a race start because it's quicker (safer/easier) to get the thing rolling in 1st then smack open the throttle in 2nd.NB Rarely seen used on a CG125 :-) As there is no peak power to speak of and useable revs to max revs is so narrow riding in it at all is difficult enough and changing up early lands you in a position in which you can't accelerate.

2mths wrote

Of the non-sports bike riders here I doubt many of them red line it in 2nd (say) but I reckon there will be occasions when some of them will change up even earlier deliberately.

Redline in 2nd, no thanks, I like my front wheel somewhere near the ground, ta very much...The 'blade isn't a sports bike, is it ?

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