So I've been riding for about 1 1/2 years and my bike is my primary/only mode of transportation. I was just wondering how everyone goes about shifting up gears. Or I should say what technique you use. I find that when I'm not trying to get up to speed quickly that just kicking up the lever will result in a smooth shift. The same doesn't apply for me when I'm pressed for time. So what I do when I quickly want to get up to speed is I force the throttle position back to close at the same time as pulling the clutch, shifting up and returning the throttle to the position I had it before the shift. When I do this method the shift is smooth and I have no complaints. I just wanted some other riders opinions. I don't ride with anyone despite my riding everyday so I've got nobody else for a critique.