DO I EVER STILL WANT TO USE MY CLUTCH?
Your clutch is still there, and still very useful when you are not in a “performance” riding mode. Using a Quickshifter to shift from 1st to 2nd at 1800 rpm's on a modern, 15,000+ rpm 600cc sportbike is not exactly going to convince you as a rider of why you spent the money. Not that you can't do it, but honestly, you don't need to spend the money when pulling in the clutch to “short shift” works just fine in that situation.
But we suggest you should not expect a huge benefit from any performance product in those types of situations?
It would be like putting $500 sticky "best ever" tires on your bike to then ride from NY to San Francisco, never leaving straight up and down on I-80. Great tires, but not exactly being used for what they were made for.
Let's use another example that might help explain: steering dampers. All of you have one, some of you went out and paid more then a Quickshifter to upgrade the stock one. But we seriously doubt you did so, or set your damper up, to "maximize" its capabilities at 6 mph...?
That does not make the product "bad", it just means the rider is not at that moment using the machine and the product in the manner they were designed/purchased to be used in.
Quick rule of thumb? If you are on the cams; on the power, then Quickshifters are wonderful additions to riding. But that does not mean "redline" or "racing". It means you are accelerating and the gearbox has torque on it. The more the better!
On a CBR1000RR that is earlier in the rpm's then the more "peaky" 600cc power curves; just a fact of life and engine size. We don't think anyone is having their arms torn out at 4000rpm's on a 600cc sportbike? But most of you did not buy 600cc sportbikes to "short shift" (we hope!), so there are an awful lot of opportunities on every ride to benefit from the RL.
Quickshifters are a FANTASTIC addition to any performance machine, when you are using the "performance" side of the equation. If not, a Quickshifter does nothing wrong and simply waits there for you to need its services again...
In the end, what we are trying to say is that a Quickshifter is a performance product, to be used on a performance machine, in performance situations. That does not mean race "only", because there is little difference between running through the gearbox to merge into traffic vs. running the high banks at Daytona; or needing the next gear during a long sweeping corner on your favorite backroad as compared to the carousel at Road America ...
Like the stock BMW S1000RR, it means anytime you are looking for better performance, no matter where you are riding.