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Always / Most of the time... 661 56.69%
Sometimes / Depends on the circumstance... 335 28.73%
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Blipping the throttle is correct way to down shift, for people who did not understand this is why manufacturers created the slipper clutch for sport bikes to keep the tire from dragging after a down shift. If you have a chance you need to watch the video twist of the wrist 1 and 2 from youtube, it will change how you ride and could save your life
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I voted yes probably just because thats how i learned to do it. Only exception is when im trying to stop or drop speed quick
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I never really noticed I was blipping the throttle on a downshift until I put Magnaflo Slip-Ons on. The lighter bikes I used to ride would drag the rear tire if I didn't "Blip".
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Yep. Comes from being a trucker and from the days of non synchronized trannys.
If you're doing it right, you don't even need to use the clutch.
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Yep, sure do, Always did it on all my manual cars too. I even heel-toe my car from time to time as well. (blip and brake with the same foot).
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Yep, sure do, Always did it on all my manual cars too. I even heel-toe my car from time to time as well. (blip and brake with the same foot).
Same here.
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I do because all my stuff is old antiquated and manual trans, car truck and motorcycle.
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Maybe this is another thread topic, but why doesn't Harley put a slipper clutch in there? It's would get rid of a lot of clunky shifting for sure with all that spinning weight from the primary.

Matching rev's is a life long habit when using a straight drive/stick/manual transmission. Engine braking kind of requires matching rpm as you down shift. As a result, I practically never go through a set of brake pads on my bikes and manual transmission cars/trucks.
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Yes, always. Rev matching is just automatic, I don't even think about it. Same in a stick shift 4 wheeled conveyance. It's something you learn early on if you want to be smooth and fast.
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I think it's automatic for a lot of us older riders who grew up when manual trannys in cars were more prevalent.
Truck drivers too.
Under normal driving conditions, I use the brakes very little.
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