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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 06:51 PM
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Sorry have to disagree with the above statement.
You can downshift one or two gear, but not every one.
If you have traffic behind you its good to hit the brakes so they know your stopping soon.

Its like canceling a turn signal, you come to a stop or while stopping down shift to first.
Think of it this way - How can you take off it you dont down shift??
I think he is saying to downshift as you slow down, not go thru all the gears at once. That way, if you do it right, you will be in the proper gear to accelerate immediately if you no longer need to stop, or if a situation develops that requires that you immediately take an escape route in the middle of stopping. However, even in a panic stop, you should eventually learn to downshift very fast down to first. It takes practice, but it's doable most of the time.

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 02:38 AM
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I shift at 5000 -5500 at all gears. Your bike sounds like it should at 3500 -4000 from 1st. Nah. It lives to rev. 5000 is a good rpm
at all shifts. Especially when stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Speaking of. I hate arseholes that filter in Miami. It's illegal and dangerous. Dont expect drivers to give lane room. This ain't California. Riding the shoulder ain't cool. Maybe only sympathy I would give two craps for if its pouring rain. I place filtering in the same level as idiots that dont wear gloves, some sort of helmet and for cripes sake....flip flops as proper riding apparel???? Morons. These are my opinions lol.
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I shift down thru the gears from 6th to 3rd. 2nd locks up the rear tire almost every time and I'm not a fan of sacrificing traction, not to mention at that speed the cars behind you need a brake light.

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I shift down thru the gears from 6th to 3rd. 2nd locks up the rear tire almost every time and I'm not a fan of sacrificing traction, not to mention at that speed the cars behind you need a brake light.

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I don't engine brake, I use the actual brakes, but I still downshift as I am braking so that I am in the correct gear for accelerating out of a situation should one arise. If you are locking up your rear tire in 2nd, then you may be downshifting too fast for the speed you are decelerating. Kudos for being able to downshift that fast, though. It's a good skill to have if you do it correctly.

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If I am being closely followed when engine braking, I try to put enough pressure on the rear brake pedal to activate the brake light, or even tap it a few times if it looks like following traffic isn't paying attention.
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