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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-30-2018, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Buyer beware Healtech QS 2016 1200R

Just a buyer beware. I installed a healtech quick shifter on my 16’ 1200R precisely to their instructions which states to put it on the pinch bolt. To do this you must remove the tank. The evap hoses make that a pain in the ass since there is zero slack. You have to mess with the evap canister and plastic covers for that to gain enough slack. This is time consuming especially with the R having a steering stabilizer and properly torqueing and thread locking bolts. Not to mention not scratching anything on a $20k bike. Damn you ducati for not just including this from the factory but giving it to the S models instead.

Anyways I installed it perfectly and everything functions flawlessly except the ability to rev match downshifts with a throttle blip. It will cut the fuel mid blip and fall on its face.

Now this is the part I want to make everyone aware of. Their instructions state that it is possible to disable the downshift function and email them for instruction. Now to me this sounds like a software option or maybe a special firmware. NOPE!

They told me to relocate the sensor to the rod instead of having it on the pinch as well as to change some software. Now since I am a professional I installed the sensor with no extra slack and made everything look perfect for the pinch bolt. I now have to remove the tank again and cut the zip ties and essentially redo the install to gain enough slack to relocate it. If anyone paid someone to do this you would now have to pay them again because of misleading instruction.

“Special instructions to disable” is vastly different than “don’t install it how we tell you to if you don’t want that feature”. To be honest a quick shifter that has no auto blip shouldn’t do downshifts. It feels super unnatural.

They failed to recognize that and instead insisted that 99% of riders don’t find that to be an issue when doing a “normal downshift”. Do 99% of rider really not rev match a downshift? Is rider/passenger comfort not a thing?

Not sure how you guys do it but to me a normal downshift is blipped and rev matched. Otherwise it feels and sounds terrible.

Sorry this was a bit of a long post. Just trying to save everyone from having to do their install twice.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 12:06 PM
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You're at least the second person to critique the Healtech QS. @Rockcity has also and the topic has been discussed on this thread:

About the quick shifter on the 2017+ Monster S: I've road tested it twice last year on a demo day. Changed many of the setting also testing the DWC. I was not impressed with the down-shift QS feature. It would not down-shift unless the throttle was closed which to me, defeats the purpose as it's just as fast, if not faster staying on the gas to rev-match and using the clutch. I was told thereafter that maybe the bike was not fully broken-in yet. All and all, Meh!. YMMV.

Just like @MotorheadBen, I had an Annitori QS installed. It's up only but I'm very pleased with the results.

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