Of course, Honda anticipated this conundrum; hence, manual-shift mode (MT). Instead of allowing the bike to decide your shift points for you, MT allows the rider to select the gears manually via left-handlebar-mounted paddle shifters. Upshifts are executed with your index finger, while downshifts are accomplished with pressure from your thumb. Mode changes can be done, as mentioned, on the fly via a right-bar mounted index-finger-actuated switch or, if you're in auto mode already, by simply utilizing the paddle shifters. Unlike automobiles with faux paddle-shift automatic transmissions, the VFR will not upshift unless commanded to do so, even bumping into the engine's soft rev-limiter if you fail to pull the upshift trigger in time.