So, after 7 or so years on the track, 10+ on sportbikes, I finally decided it was time to get a quick shifter from www.motomummy.com
. One deciding factor on me NOT having one, has always been that they required the purchase of a fuel management system (think power commander) as well to run them, on an FI bike. I have always been one to not do much in the way of power mods to my bike, rather concentrate on maximizing my riding without tons of rider aids, especially since I was mainly doing trackdays that entire time, so ultimate lap times was not the goal. I upgrade stuff as I either A: break it. or B: feel it is hampering my riding in some way (be it I am out riding the stuff, or it is hurting my confidence.
Fast forward to this year, and I am again racing with support in part from www.motomummy.com
, and as such rider aids ARE helpful when it comes to making ultimate lap times. This combined with some VERY close finishes (hundredths, or even thousandths between me and another rider at the line) and it was time to make the bike faster.
This included the Bazzaz standalone quick shifter.
Installation was pretty straight forward and simple, as long as you can read the directions and are smart enough to follow them.
Installing the shift rod needed (that comes INCLUDED with the bazzaz, bonus... it doesnt on the dyno jet) takes the ability to cut it shorter (two-three sections) but is easy too.
Then it was time to race with it.
I was IMMEDIATELY shocked at the difference in thrust down the straight from the bike. Having to chop the throttle (even slightly) to make a shift, VS wide open throttle shifting slowed the bike down a LOT more than i thought.
The quickshifter shaved at least a couple tenths of a second per shift, adding up to probably a half a second to a full second per lap. It also added SEVERAL mph to my terminal speed on straights, enough so that my braking points and all of my track markers had to change. Felt like a completely new machine, and took a lot to get used to actually, since I am so well dialed in to my bike after all these years.
The downside, the standalone can cause an FI light to pop up, as the bike sees it as a miss fire on the spark plugs (it kills the coils when you shift). Some people will not like this, but I am able to look past it for how phenomenal of a shift it makes, and the time it makes up on the track.
All in all an awesome product, especially for those who want a quick shifter, but dont want to have to buy a quick shifter AND a fuel management computer.
I actually went with the bazzaz standalone, because I read review that it was a smoother, more seamless shift than he Dynojet QS, even though I also ordered a dynojet PCV at the same time.
I was not disappointed. If you are interested in one, great deals can be had at www.motomummy.com