Though the transmission is a single unit, it can best be visualized as two transmissions, each with its own clutch. With first gear and its associated clutch engaged, second gear can also be engaged, ready for the shift, with its clutch disengaged. When it's time to change gear, the shift is performed by the clutches. The first-gear clutch disengages and the second-gear clutch engages. It sounds complex, but it happens very quickly. Auto-motive versions shift in as little as 8 milliseconds, and the VFR's transmission should show similar speed.