I’ve always liked having shift lights on my bike – it just feels that little bit safer for my engine to know when to shift when I’ve got a big bright light flashing at me just before hitting the rev limiter. Some sport bikes include a rudimentary shift light that pops on, but I much prefer a progressive light that gives you more notice that your gear change is about to come up. And the Shift-I progressive shift light by Ecliptech is the answer to my wishes. Developed in Australia, the first thing I should get out of the way is the price – $160AUD plus shipping. So no, it’s not cheap. But for that price you’re getting a top piece of kit that’s very well refined and even provides a few extra features in addition to shift lights. There’s four combinations of the product available. Shape wise you can get either a flat mounted or curve mounted unit (the curve mounted box seems to fit around many motorcycle instrument clusters), and color wise you can choose from a traditional green/yellow/red indicator or go for blue/red. I chose the green/yellow/red, but I sometimes find myself thinking my left turn indicator is on as the light on the dash is the same green color, so perhaps blue/red is a more sensible option.
Installation is as easy as can be expected when it comes to tinkering with the wires of your bike. You’ll really need to find a wiring diagram for your particular bike and then tap into the engine RPM signal, a power source (such as ignition) and a ground wire. I installed mine directly on top of my instrument cluster and overall it took about an hour. The Shift-I comes with wire clips so you can tap into your bikes electrics, but I found them a little bit cumbersome given the tight spaces experienced under the skin of your bike. There’s probably some better alternatives available at your local electronics hobby store. Once installed, the expensive price of the Shift-I starts reaping rewards. If you’ve tapped into the correct wires, it only takes a few button presses to get the unit to properly match the actual RPM your engine is doing. No tedious manual entering of engine speed for each gear like in cheaper alternatives. It’s also very easy to change your shift points. Just twist the throttle while you’re in neutral, take the bike to the desired RPM, and press a button on the Shift-I. That’s it, which is great because you can very easily set up shift points for on the road (perhaps lower points for more economical riding) and then change to a set for the track. You can have it so that the first shift light comes on at 4,000 RPM, and the last one at 11,000 RPM, or any combination you want, it only takes a few seconds to program. You can make your shift points as specific as you want too, with increments as small as 50 RPM (just in case you really want to shift gears at 9,650 RPM. You can choose from a number of different shift patterns, such as each light coming on as you progressively reach higher speeds, or having them all come on at once, or coming from the outside of the unit towards the center. Check out the video below to see a demonstration. http://youtu.be/c838GmSBomM As I also mentioned, the Shift-I also provides a few other additional functions that you might find handy. These include a battery voltage indicator and an engine stall alert. The unit will even automatically reduce the brightness of the lights at night time to reduce eye strain. Overall, the Ecliptech Shift-I is a quality piece of gear, but due to its price, is probably only a purchase warranted if you’re regularly take to the track. Visit the Ecliptech store to purchase.