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Best to match the revs so yes.
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Yes, I blip on downshifts only but ever so gently, just enough to make the shift lever move on its own with a few ounces of pressure from my toe. I pride myself on smooth shifts up and down. I've been doing this since the 60's on all of my bikes.
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Not me, ima speed shifting. But I'm use to rpm matching constantly in the big truck where I never use the clutch at all.
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I Always blip the throttle when changing down,its the way i was taught

,i do on all my bikes.
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I have heard people refer to double clutching. This is done by clutching to shift out of the higher gear into neutral, then with the clutch engaged, rev the engine to increase the speed of the gears in the transmission. Then clutch again and shift to the lower gear. Because you got the tranny gears spinning faster to match the lower gear, it will shift possibly without any help from the synchronizers. Well when we rev up our bikes, how many of you have a neutral between 2nd and 3rd gear? Do you shift it down to neutral to let the clutch out and rev up the tranny and then go back to 2nd? Revving the engine before you downshift does NOTHING because you can't speed up the tranny gears.
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It doesn't do nothing; it increases the engine revs.
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Default My old iron head really does benefit from increasing the rotating assembly rpm

really pointless on any newer bike. I only do it on my iron head to ease the shift. Not necessary at all on newer bikes. unless you are downshifting from high speeds then less shock to the drive line. Not dubble clutching not needed.
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Not necessary, but it depends what you're trying to do. With a regular downshift there's a certain amount of engine braking due to the engine revs being low for the gear selected and the current speed. If you want less of this effect, blipping the throttle will achieve that.
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Not necessary, but it depends what you're trying to do. With a regular downshift there's a certain amount of engine braking due to the engine revs being low for the gear selected and the current speed. If you want less of this effect, blipping the throttle will achieve that.
Agreed. I've been doing it since the 1960's. It makes for much smoother shifting. If it's done right, you can even shift without the clutch lever. Besides, the little "blip" of the throttle sounds cool.
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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.
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