Nah, you guys have got it all wrong.
That's a "factory" installed fuel saving feature. Kinda like the old Saab 93's that had the ratcheting differential that allowed you to leave the car in gear, but literally coast down long grades. As soon as you rolled in enough throttle to match the road speed, the ratchet engaged and you had full drive again.
Let's say your riding through hilly terrain with good wide roads like the Interstate thru Pennsylvania or Kentucky or thru the Cascades in Washington. You "drive" up the hills in 5th or 6th and with little more effort than that "Half-Shift" you can now coast down the back side of the hill. Is'nt that clever of Triumph??? See, your saving gas. And we know that's good for the country. Anything for God, Country and the Queen, right??
Yeah, mine does that too sometimes. Like Don mentioned the "pre-loading" of the shifter goes a long ways towards a smoother and more positive shift. Although the shift is actually made when the clutch lever is only at 1/4 to 1/3 of travel, I STILL pull the clutch lever all the way thru to relieve the pressure on the clutch plates and shift forks.
I too have to admit to the occasional serious speed shift for grins, but I always feel kinda guilty afterwards. The Sprinter has been pretty good to me, the least I can do is return the favor.....
I''ve read some stories of the Ricky Racer types on the Daytonas/Speed Triples mangling the shift forks by constant speed shifting and it's quite a chore to replace the forks, drum and broken gears, shims, bearings. That means one thing....$$$$$ and oodles of it!!
I ride my sweetheart hard and fast, but like any mechanical device, I try to develop a mechanical empathy for the various systems and do what ever it seems to prefer.
Develop a feel for the firm but gentle coaxing for each shift and release of the clutch lever. It takes a wee bit of focus initially, but practiced focus becomes habit it time. When you get it right, you'll know it. Smooth, quick, and positive, each gear engaged with a strong pull of the motor right at the torque peak and rewarded with a nice little "snick" as each gear is engaged. Get a good handle on this and the gearbox should last as long as the motor which we all know is a pretty doggone long time if maintained properly.
In other words, if you beat up the gearbox, it's gonna beat up your wallet!!!
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