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post #1 of 10 Old 04-19-2016, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, I'm complete beginner and just wanted to get some others opinions on this. I've ridden only about 30 miles and would have already had my msf course but our local instructor has been out with illness...so waiting for his return.
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Is engine breaking ok as my main means of downshifting without harm...clutch, downshift, throttle
I've attempted rev matching, but without a tach I'm not doing so great by just listening alone...but I have been doing pretty good with engine breaking and as well just holding the clutch in rolling up to stop signs and downshifting into 1st...just seeing if this will cause any harm to the bike?
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I do it myself. But have been warned. If done wrong, Can chew up the belt. If you hit it too hard.


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I do a quick twist and release of the throttle and release the clutch immediately after releasing the throttle

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I just took the msf course this past weekend. They have you hold in the clutch and down shift, then continue holding in the clutch until (and while) you are stopped

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Thanks for the replies and advice! I deff. Have alot more practicing to do...just trying to get in good habits now and not be hard on the bike while learning them
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You need to use the engine braking while riding in City Environments. Just find a quiet road somewhere and practice.

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IMHO It's cheaper (and easier) to replace brake pads than it is to replace a clutch.
Use the brakes to brake.
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You still need to know How to do it. Just incase. I do it mostly in the traffic that speeds up, The slows down. Then repeats.

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i usually only rely on downshift engine braking when going downhill. otherwise it's almost always brakes to slow down the bike (especially if i am using my scooter, no clutch on that thing)

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Personally I engine brake every time......well only down to 2nd......and I do not give it any gas prior to letting the clutch out. Now I don't just drop the clutch, I let it out nice and easy.......I have a buddy with a street glide who never engine brakes, and he went through a set of brake pads in just over 5,000 miles......don't know about you, but an extra $150 (min) every 5K for new brake pads is just to much for my blood. And it should not damage your clutch, that is what is is designed to do. So use I use the engine to help me slow down EVERYTIME. the only time I don't is when I have to stop quickly, and there is no time to down shift.


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