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I've been doing both a long time but never had a brand new bike before so re-questioning these practices.

1. With little practice, clutchless up-shifting seems to have no detrimental effect on the bike. I accept down-shifting can be trickier. Does anyone think differently?

2. Engaging 1st gear is a particularly violent clunk on this bike; I wonder about the LT impact of this. I've taken to starting gently in 2nd unless I have a climb. This seems much easier on the gears. Any thoughts on this?
 

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Fact is the engine is so powerful I find I'm sometimes starting in second gear with minimal effort and very little clutch slip. I would say it could be done for tens of thousands of miles without any clutch issue. I may go up a tooth on the front sprocket, because first is darn near a waste.
 
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