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    Im posting this to get an opinion why do Pakistani bikes have the silly gearshift pattern that is different from the rest of the world.

    The standard that is on every motorcycle is

    6
    5
    4
    3
    2
    N
    1

    In Pakistan all bikes are

    N
    1
    2
    3
    4


    WHY - And my worst hate - the heel and toe gear change pedal - I hated it... I used to cut off the heel bit.

    The standard one allows more faster up and downshifts and makes sense - SHIFT UP for higher gear, shift down for lower gear.

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    This main reason for the difference that we are still following the primitive approach. Here, this article will answer your question quite well:
    Why does the shift pattern have neutral between 1st and 2nd?
    Actually, there is a specific reason why neutral ended up between first and second gear when motorcycle controls were standardized in 1975: SAFETY.In the 60s and 70s, there was a growing trend toward placing neutral below first gear. My nephew, for example, had a Kawasaki 100 with a "4 up" shift pattern (N,1,2,3,4). As this shift pattern gained popularity, more and more motorcyclists were developing the tendency to instictively shift the bike all the way down into neutral as they slowed, sometimes accidentally, but most times intentionally. The idea was that you could stay in neutral at a light or stop sign, then clutch into gear and start rolling again when right-of-way was established. The habit was obviously flawed, and riders started getting hurt.The vast majority of injuries were caused when a bike was inadvertently upshifted from neutral into first gear at a fast coast. The resultant engine breaking caused instant rear wheel lockups, which in turn caused crashes. The mechanical aspects of neutral's location also caused various runability and logistical problems, as well.
    By locating neutral between first and second gears, the severity of engine breaking in the event of accidental upshift was reduced, as well as making neutral a relative inconvenience, rather than something riders depended on. It also made first gear the natural first position in the gear box, which is where the transmission should be adjusted whenever the bike is stopped in traffic anyway.?Tim Kreitz
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    nice... thanks
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