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Gilles Shiftholder review

I finally got around to fitting the Gilles Shift holder (Model SHIHO_SC59) to my bike. Here is a short review of the product. Many fellow fireblade owners have fitted the SHIHO_SC57 to their 2004-2006 models. This is for the 2008-2012 fireblade.

Gilles SHIHO_SC59 Shift Holder
Product

The kit comes in a small box with bracket, installation leaflet and a M6 x 20 socket bolt. The bracket is a thing of beauty. The body is wide and supports the gear shaft under pressure, so it can only rotate. Its very slick in appearance and has roller bearings inside to allow smooth gear changes.

Installation

The kit includes simple instructions which were easy to follow, the whole installation took just five minutes. One word of advice. Make sure you take a photo or mark the position of the gear linkage. It will ensure the gear lever goes back as before.

Operation

I found gear changes were sometimes clunky and sometimes needed more effort to change gear than other times. It was hardly a smooth change you expect from Honda's flagship superbike. I tried moving the lever whilst stationary and bike switched off. Once I fitted the shift holder, I took the bike out for a eight mile ride. It was obvious something had changed. Gear changes felt sharper and consistent. I tried up and down shifts with the clutch and eah change was crisp. I  moved onto to full throttle clutchless changer using the quickshifter and again, changes were so much smoother.

Competition

Personally I can't fault the build quality, design, installation and the improvements that come from fitting one to the bike. Whilst I have tried to obtain a Sato one (the only competitive product to the shift holder) obtaining one has been so far impossible. What makes the Gilles shift holder special are the bearings and the rigid bracket to further support gear shaft. I can't see that the Sato can be anywhere as good as it does have the bearings and looks flimsy in comparison.

Conclusion

If you want to gain slick gear changes everytime, the SHIHO_SC59 shift holder is for you. They cost around £85 and well worth the money. If you are into trackdays then this will be a great addition to a set of Gilles rearsets.

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