Does it show the gear you are in right away or only when you start moving in that gear? In other words, if you are sitting at the light and shift into 1st gear from neutral, does it show that gear right away or does it show the last gear you were in while moving ?
It depends on when you have shifted down to 1st gear....
Thats such a stupid answer, but its true.
If you rolled up to the stop sign and downshifted...like 3....2...1, while rolling, you'll see the correct gear displayed. AS LONG AS you have cycled your clutch.
However, if you do like everyone else.....you will be in third, lets say.
You pull in the clutch, as you are coasting to a stop, and drop 3...2...1.....
Theres no letting the clutch out, just a smooth coast down. At that point, no. It wont show you in first until you let out the clutch.
This sounds like a problem, but anyone who does not realize they have shifted down to first has to be very inexperienced. In no time at all, they will have this figured out.
The indicator is most useful for avoiding that impossible shift to 7th gear.
Its also pretty easy to summarize how this works, too. You wot get a proper indication of the gear you are in unless you cycle the clutch AND the bike is moving.