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Is there any negative effects to the engine for doing this? Perhaps messing up the clutch if I downshift to 1st gear at 40 mph a few times... but other than that?
Yeap I do this all the time.. makes for a MUCH smoother downshift and it is very natural to do..Podmore said:Whether in a car or a bike, 'blipping' the throttle to match the gearbox input shaft revs to the revs of the gear selected will both ease the transient load on the clutch and make for smoother downshifts - wet or dry clutch makes no difference and wear considerations are negligible.
If you're "squelping the rear tire" you're actually part way to compression lock-up - not good especiallyin the wet! Feathering the clutch to get the rear wheel to push the motor to higher rpms will defintely increase wear on the clutch - you're technically using it like a disc brake in reverse .... the longer the plates are slipping against each other, the more wear you'll get. You have much more control if you practice the art of rev-matching for a quick smooth downshift. As a truckie you'll no doubt have long ago mastered the art of double-clutching - similar thing really!KWIKR said:I use mine to slow down all the time but instead of throttle I feather the clutch to pick up the RPM's on the bike whe I am trying to stop I am not wanting to play with the throttle too same thing when I drive big trucks haven't had any issues yet every once in I while I'll squelp the rear tire but I hardly use brakes so it is easliy overcome