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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 25-Dec-2016, 03:23 PM (891) Thread Starter
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Question Gear shift assist Pro

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First a brief presentation, my name is Joao, i'm Portuguese living in UK, Huntingdon. Working as a Licensed Flight Dispatcher and holder of a Commercial Pilot License. I'm a proud owner of a 2012 R1200 GS Adventure---aka "The Dream" motorbike.

Wondering if you guys could let me know, if the 2012 can be fitted with a gears shift assist pro.

Thanks in advance for the help

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 27-Dec-2016, 11:35 PM (232)
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I dont believe that Gearshift Assist Pro can be retrofitted, sorry!
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First look: Gear Shift Assist Pro on the BMW R1200GS ~ Gelände Straßetastic


My question is why would anyone want this. Just askin'.

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First look: Gear Shift Assist Pro on the BMW R1200GS ~ Gelände Straßetastic


My question is why would anyone want this. Just askin'.
Feel the same way. I have it on mine, but I don't really consider it as an important feature. I would not have ordered it. I just do not see the advantage. It is so ingrained in my mind to shift with the clutch that I have to think about using it.
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I like it for downshifting - mostly because the blip throttle match sounds really cool, lol. I don't use it for upshifts below about 3rd gear - feels too clunky. I think rsmith is right, it's so reflexive to clutch to shift, I actually have to *think* about not using the clutch if I use it. Maybe if you were new/newly returned to bikes it would be a more useful feature.

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It came with mine and I would not have ordered it if it were not in the package that came on the bike. After using it, I like it, BUT probably not for what it was intended for. Been riding since about 1966 and have always used the clutch, well almost always. I have big feet and wear boots that are big too. Probably my fault but I never was the cleanest shifter, particularly on downs. Well with this gizmo, my shifts are clean. I don't care what this thing was designed to do, I still use the clutch. For ME it just gives me a much more reliable shift. Compared to my 2011 GS it just shifts better.

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I guess it frees up the left hand for other things.... i.e. nose pickin', flippin' off cage drivers, and waving at babes........

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I wasn't fussed about Gear Shift Assist Pro but it came with the bike - I have got to like it; I am now happy changing gear on steeper off-road stuff where I previously didn't dare for fear of losing too much momentum when the clutch was manually pulled in. I know it's not necessary, in the past I have been happy to keep going in the gear I selected at the bottom of the hill, but it is nice to shift if I started off a bit conservative.

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