GP Shift- Pros and Cons
I started searching through this forum on this topic, but eventually just decided to bring it up and ask. I apologize if this has been covered before, but it can't hurt to bring it up again and open it up for discussion.
I am curious why people (racers included) do a GP shift vs the normal shift. Normal shift means slower upshifts since that upward movement isn't all that natural. But faster downshifts because twitching your foot downward is a rapid motion and very natural.
GP shift would provide for faster upshifts, which would help for drag racing. But coming into a corner fast, you need to drop gears in a hurry, and that awkward position in a GP shift would take longer. Or so I would think.
When accelerating, you have more time to make your shifts, and you're only making them one at a time. When decellerating, you may drop from 4th to 1st for a corner. I'd think that slapping the shifter downward in a hurry would be easier/quicker than hooking my foot under it and lifting it up three times in rapid succession.
I haven't been on the track yet (my first track day will be Jan. 23rd, hopefully) on a bike, so I'm just applying car experience to this. So if the GP shift is a benefit to rider position, this would be something I am not yet experienced with. Upshifts during an increasing radius corner would be MUCH easier with a GP shift, as would an upshift while accelerating out of a slow corner and then into a wider and quicker one.
But anyways, I'd like to hear some opinions before I overheat my brain with theoretical scenarios.