BMW R nineT Pure
Thanks for the tips. I do sometimes preload the shifter, but don't think to do it most of the time. I'm more apt to do it when riding hard and looking for very fast shifts. Holding the shifter a bit makes sense, too. And you're right about the throws being longer. (The shift lever itself is longer than I'm used to as well.) As the bike continues to break in (1,650 miles on it now) the shift action is getting slicker.We have a new puppy and my brain is a puddle of fluffy pee.
Since we're talking shifting here, one thing I'm still getting used to on my Pure is how much slower the revs fall than my on my VFR. On my old bike I would back off the throttle slightly (but usually not completely) for upshifts and it worked well. On my new BMW I've found It's sometimes more advisable to close the throttle more if not completely between shifts. It's most noticeable when upshifting from 1st to 2nd. The revs just hang more than I'm used to, but I'm adjusting to it. Granted, this is during just average riding, not sportriding when I'd be revving the bike higher in every gear, but even then I don't think the revs fall very quickly. Probably just the nature of the boxer twin, and it's fine. Just continuing to learn the new bike!
Thanks again for the tips, gristle, and good luck with the new puppy!