Apologies if this has been done to death but I couldn't see it after a quick scan of the sticky threads here so maybe with some correcting/refinement one worth putting up. Realised that my up-shift gear changes were clunky as hell. Quick youtube to see how to do it properly: [media=youtube]MIhycth8msU[/media] Combination of a simultaneously co-ordinated pre-load, getting the tiny flick of the throttle wrist right (as opposed to my overcooked, sloppy dropping of revs too much) and also not fully pulling on the clutch (high bite point on CB400) and my changes have improved out of sight. Once you have programmed yourself with these the other hard thing is to stop thinking about it! After over 15 years of driving I still do the odd shocking gear change so the odd clunk is to be expected I guess - but found this clip invaluable and thought I would share. Perhaps a following sticky on the art of smooth downshifting and also blip down shifting (is that the right term) have tried that but to be honest attempts so far have been pretty shocking! While I am at it, big thanks to you lot for the other stickies - have printed the cornering ones and am working to put it all into practice!