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Are we still beating this dead horse?

You blip the throttle to MATCH REVS (RPMS) TO THE ROAD SPEED IN THE LOWER GEAR.

It makes for a smoother shift.

It has nothing to do with double clutching a non-synchro transmission. We have dog type sequential transmissions that will shift just fine (but not smoothly) without rev matching.

Ride with a passenger. If you don't rev match you'll be banging helmets every time you down shift. It will be a learning experience.
Exactly! thats why I taught my wife to blip the throttle on downshifting, she got the hung of it pretty quick and now she loves it.

Smooth is good!!! I've been blipping the throttle always on all my bikes... its second nature on me.

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Google the Nissan 350Z manual transmission with the automatic rev-matching throttle which is controlled by the ECU. It does it better than a human driver and gives perfect manual shifts.
Blipping is not mandatory but it sure improves the shifting in a car, truck or motorcycle.
Why is this so confusing?
While you're at it, google how people used to shift gears - up and down - without synchronizers. The transmissions were called "crash boxes" for a reason. My first two cars had non-synchro first gear and it was a right of passage to smoothly downshift into first while moving.
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