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    1st gear observation
    on: Nov 03, 2017, 05.11 pm
    Nov 03, 2017, 05.11 pm
    Do any of you find 1st gear to be a bit on the tall side? What I mean is, not quite a 2nd gear, but like a 1.5? While I've had no trouble whatsoever starting from a stop, there have been a couple times during low speed maneuvering that the RPMs got down close to idle. And it seems that when starting from a stop, depending on how aggressive you are, you can be going quite fast before shifting to 2nd! Definitely not a complaint; just curious if others have the same impression.
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    Re: 1st gear observation
    Reply #1 on: Nov 03, 2017, 08.38 pm
    Nov 03, 2017, 08.38 pm
    if you ever get the chance to ride a bmw 1200 rt then you would have something to complain about :008: :745:
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    Re: 1st gear observation
    Reply #2 on: Nov 03, 2017, 08.50 pm
    Nov 03, 2017, 08.50 pm
    There is no law against starting off from a stop in second gear. The Trophy is quite capable of getting you going in 2nd gear, which can provide more controllability. I do that with some regularity, either because I'm on a dirt road or because I forgot to put it into first.   :002:
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    Re: 1st gear observation
    Reply #3 on: Nov 03, 2017, 10.23 pm
    Nov 03, 2017, 10.23 pm
    *Originally Posted by greenduck1966 [+]
    if you ever get the chance to ride a bmw 1200 rt then you would have something to complain about :008: :745:

    Agree!! :002:
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    Re: 1st gear observation
    Reply #4 on: Nov 04, 2017, 12.51 am
    Nov 04, 2017, 12.51 am
    *Originally Posted by Schindawg [+]
    Do any of you find 1st gear to be a bit on the tall side? What I mean is, not quite a 2nd gear, but like a 1.5? While I've had no trouble whatsoever starting from a stop, there have been a couple times during low speed maneuvering that the RPMs got down close to idle. And it seems that when starting from a stop, depending on how aggressive you are, you can be going quite fast before shifting to 2nd! Definitely not a complaint; just curious if others have the same impression.

    Can't say that I do Schindawg, seems geared fairly right to me. I will say that the tranny is very BMWesque. That is to say it's firm and clunky.

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    Re: 1st gear observation
    Reply #5 on: Nov 04, 2017, 01.01 am
    Nov 04, 2017, 01.01 am
    Ha, never have driven a Beamer, but maybe someday I'll have a go. Took my baby in for winter storage tonight  :159: Sad day. But just beat a winter storm dropping 3-5 inches of snow. Thanks for the feedback guys.
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    Re: 1st gear observation
    Reply #6 on: Nov 04, 2017, 03.29 am
    Nov 04, 2017, 03.29 am
    *Originally Posted by Oransay [+]
    Can't say that I do Schindawg, seems geared fairly right to me. I will say that the tranny is very BMWesque. That is to say it's firm and clunky.

    Weird, I bought the Trophy over the BMW specifically because the transmission was very much more Japanese-like than the John Deere like transmission of the BMW's.
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    Re: 1st gear observation
    Reply #7 on: Nov 04, 2017, 05.39 am
    Nov 04, 2017, 05.39 am
    Oransay. Just an observation on your clunky gear changes. Not trying to tell you how to use the clutch, just a suggestion. If you pull the clutch lever all the way in to change gears you may well experience noisy [clunky] changes, but if you only fan [pull in a very small way, maybe one quarter] the clutch lever for your changes, I think you'll notice very smooth changes. It also is a good idea to have a little pressure on the gear lever immediately prior to changing. As I said, just an suggestion, not trying to tell you how to change gears.  :821: :158:
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