What is a quickshifter, and why do you need one?
As its name suggests, the purpose of a quickshifter is to allow a motorcycle rider to change gears more quickly. This is something that will shave off essential seconds for race teams and allow effortless, enjoyably smooth acceleration for everyone else. Effectively, they allow riders to keep on the accelerator throughout gear changes and thereby to accelerate more quickly out of corners and along straights.
Quickshifters work by reducing the load on the gearbox for just enough time to allow the gear to change. This is exactly the same as rolling off the throttle, but the quickshifter will always be quicker than a rider could achieve manually. There are a variety of different quickshifters available on the market, but the HM quickshifter varieties are acknowledged as the best of the bunch.
The reason why HM quickshifters are so highly regarded is that they use a strain gauge rather than a pressure sensor to detect when the gear is being changed. Unlike a pressure sensor, a strain gauge has no moving parts so it won’t wear out and it won’t be affected by the vibrations of the bike.
Strain gauges measure the movement of molecules inside the shift rod. The signals are then processed using complex mathematics to determine how long to cut the engine load. It therefore offers the quickest, most efficient gearshift available outside of Moto GP.
The HM quickshifter is also kinder to your gearbox than most other models on the market. This is because the HM models cut the ignition rather than the fuel in order to decrease the load on the gearbox. This avoids accidental damage caused by secondary injectors not being cut out by a fuel supply based system.
HM quickshifters connect directly into the standard wiring loom of your motorcycle. There are different models of HM quickshifter that each fit different bikes. There are also different levels of quickshifter ranging from the base model up through the Plus and Plus SS to the Moto GP model. This latter quickshifter is the best that is available outside of Moto GP. Even the base model is better than any competing quickshifter on the market.
On account of the fact that HM quickshifters are very motorcycle specific, we recommend giving us at HM Racing a call before ordering your model. This will save you from having to return items.