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Old 07-10-2014, 08:22 AM   #1
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Semi-Auto Transmission Question

I built up a Motoped with a 141 semi-auto and I've never had a semi-auto or auto transmission in a motorcycle before so I have a really basic question: is it bad to just leave it 3rd or 4th cruising around? How much does it accelerate wear to start in a higher gear like that?
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:09 AM   #2
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I assume it's not a CVT, but a gear selector with an automatic clutch like on an ATV?

You need to downshift when you accelerate or you'll kill the clutch. You need to upshift when you're at speed or you'll kill the engine. That's what transmissions are for.

If I completely missed the question, please clarify.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:54 PM   #3
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Yes, it is bad for the engine to start in 3rd or 4th.
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