Shifting gears is where the fun for me comes in. I like changing gears to match what i’m trying to do. It helps me feel more conected with the machine so it’s the experience of working it rather than just sitting on it.
There is also that challenge aspect of it. How can I negotiate this stretch of road? Can I take it faster? What can I do to shift smoother, better, faster etc… Now that the muscle memory has kicked in so I think less about the mechanical aspect of it, I can think about when and how while i’m enjoying the twisties, or forget I’m doing it at all when commuting to work.