Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
I'll answer / suggest Yes to the opening question.
Race teams spend lots of money to attempt to out run the next competitor.
I have read of the shift drum guide-ways becoming worn on bikes used that way on the race tracks, as well as broken gears.
We all "Pay to Play" in one form or another for our recreation. But most of the general public does not care to or can afford to rebuild their engine or transmission every few races or even once a year or once every 5-25 years on our personal transportation.
Clutch levers, cables or friction plates are a whole lot less labor intensive than a transmission re-build.
So I will suggest that the author of that article should not encourage the general public to clutch-less shift their personal bike on a normal basis.
I'll discourage clutch-less shifting of a normal motorcycle transmission at every opportunity.
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting