Downshifting early K-bikes
I have read in other forums and blogs that you should not downshift the early K-bikes to take advantage of the great engine braking due to the fact that the drive splines are fragile. Anyone else hear this or subscribe to this notion? I like downshifting!!!
choosing the right food for thought
[QUOTE]!!!If you think about your engine braking needs at the time of application or situation!!! [/QUOTE]35 mph speed zone and slowing down for the stop sign and banging down the gears to slow down and the unattentive bike muncher behind never sees a brake light, or doing so just to hear the noise in the pipes (like those foolish loud pipes save lives guys).
[QUOTE]"Try riding your brakes all the way down the east side of bear tooth pass!"[/QUOTE] Brakes, don't need no stinking brakes. I live 35 miles from the east side of the Beartooth Pass.
Go with what Paul said.
[QUOTE]All those roll-offs would be considered engine braking, but using the engine in this way is far more benign on the clutch, the clutch splines, and the drive shaft than frequent shifting would be.[/QUOTE]