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View Poll Results: Do you blip the throttle when downshifting?
Always / Most of the time... 640 56.34%
Sometimes / Depends on the circumstance... 326 28.70%
Never / Hardly ever... 170 14.96%
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Old 17th September 2006
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Default Do you blip the throttle when downshifting?

Today was a great day riding... about 150 miles. I did some 2up slow touring, some solo twisties, and a great solo run on the highway to complete my afternoon.

While riding today, for some reason I was really focused on my shifting technique... especially downshifting before corners and while braking. I noticed that I almost always blip the throttle before snickin it down a gear. Is this a bad habit? Good habit? Something that is recommended? I have no idea how I developed the technique, whether it was instinctual, or something picked up from watching and listening to other riders over the years... no one ever taught me to do this.

So please comment about your shifting technique and give your input in the poll...
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Best technique is to match the revs of the motor to where it should be when you get into that new gear... when downshifting this means obviously you need to be at a higher engine speed.

Sounds good to me!
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When I downshift, if I hit it at just the right mph, I can roll off the throttle, pull in the clutch, hit the shifter and you won't notice a single change in the engine. It'll be perfectly smooth, no lurching or overreving. When I do that, I'm not blipping the throttle beforehand. I'm simply letting go of it and then shifting downward.

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Brings the engine speed up just a little bit before shifting to the lower gear. Also makes a little noise and gets the attention of the car behind you so they know you're slowing. Sounds like a win-win to me.
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Hmmmm... this is interesting so far. Including my vote, so far it is dead even between Blipping / Not Blipping.

Thanks to those that have responded... comments are always great to see what people are thinking and their rationale behind their riding technique.
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When I downshift, if I hit it at just the right mph, I can roll off the throttle, pull in the clutch, hit the shifter and you won't notice a single change in the engine. It'll be perfectly smooth, no lurching or overreving.
Ditto on that! Good topic.
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Hmmm...something I don't think about, but I keep it smooth to match the new lower gear. Sometimes I get snakebit by something (cager stays on the brakes) that might throw my timing off (like I'm set for a 3rd gear roll on and the cage stays stopped).
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I voted Yes,
Old school habit.........Like another said. If you blip just right you don't even
notice the change just higher RPM at the same speed. In town it's nice to keep the revs up for handling and saftey reasons.
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Depends on the situation.
If I`m downshifting to gain momentum up a hill, Yes.
Going into a turn, Yes....sometimes.
If I`m slowly coming to a stop at an intersection, No....Unless I`m trying to get someones attention.
As far as the motor and tranny are concerned, you need to equalize the engine speed to avoid lurching or worse.
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Helps un-load the transmission as you downshift, can also be used to gear brake as you setup for a corner, if done correctly you won't notice any speed loss in engine so you can maintain proper RPM's for slowing or accelerating out of corners. Old Racers trick. Do it everytime i ride.

BTW- can also be used if you missed an upshift, also helps un- load tranny so you can double clutch without putting to much wear and tear on the shifting dogs.
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