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Old 08-20-2012, 05:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I can vouch for David's reluctance to go clutchless again.

The ForkenSwift is also clutchless, and while it's entirely possible to shift up & down without one and use rev-matching to help, the gearchange can't be done anywhere near as fast as with a clutch. Not really suitable when traffic requires faster shifts.

(Though I did wonder, David: why are you shifting? I just leave the ForkenSwift in 3rd gear most of the time. I only shift down for starting or climbing on hills at low speed to avoid pulling high amps).

If I were building the ForkenSwift again, I'd opt to keep the clutch.
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