I bought a new 2019 F750GS last year and it came with a quick shifter. I can’t get that quick shifter to do much of anything unless I’m playing racer-boy from stop sign to stop sign, hard on the throttle above 5 grand. The dealer says this is the way it’s supposed to work. If so, it seems pretty worthless for every day riding. I’ve spoken to other riders who say they use theirs “all the time” for normal riding and seldom use the clutch except for stopping and starting.
I’ve tried pre-loading the shift lever, shifting while loading and unloading the transmission, tried steady throttle, high revs, low revs, and every combination of transmission/shifter/throttle I can think of. If I pull on the shifter hard enough it just slams into the next gear with the bang and jerk I expect of shifting without blipping the throttle unless I'm wound out on the throttle above 5K. I’ve pretty much quit experimenting so I don’t shear a gear dog.
I’ll be swapping bikes with a friend who loves the quick shifter on his R1200RT so we can compare notes since he’s in the use it “all the time” category. Until then, I thought I’d float this post and see what comments surface.
Is it me and my 50 years and 600K miles of ingrained shifting habits or do others have similar experiences? Is the quick shifter only a track day toy?