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post #1 of 48 Old 08-08-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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"Blipping" Throttle on Downshift

My Girlfriend at a Racing Riding School today (Michel Mercier's Fast School in Shannonville for those that care.)

She has been texting me some things about her day when she has had breaks. She has been told today to not blip the throttle on downshifting. She hasn't elaborated so I don't know if this is a general thing, if they are talking about maximum braking, or what.

I have always been told it's best to match the revs in normal shifting but of course in a panic stop sometimes you just squeeze the brake. I can also see that using the clutch as a sort of brake on the rear wheel (gently letting it out to avoid lockup) can be a useful technique.

Is this just the opinion of one Racing School or is this a normal technique for racing/track? Should it be used on the road?

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I've always blipped the throttle on any manual vehicle I've ever driven, motorcycle, truck, car...unless circumstances don't allow or I'm trying to get slowed down really fast or I'm towing something downhill...

Sounds weird to me...

It's natural to do it now...I don't even think about it.

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My Girlfirend is at a Racing Riding School today (Michel Mercier's Fast School in Shannonville for those that care.)
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Like counter steering it is all subconcious to me now. I don't know if I blip as much as keep the throttle open slightly so as to not let the rpm fall off below where it is before my downshift...or, blip it a wee bit, maybe a few hundred more. The more I think about technique the less I think about guard rails and corner entry speed etc.

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I don't know if I blip as much as keep the throttle open slightly so as to not let the rpm fall off below where it is before my downshift...or, blip it a wee bit, maybe a few hundred more. ...
I pretty much always match revs. Sometimes when on a hill or when at highway speeds setting up to pass I leave the throttle where its at, pull in the clutch and downshift and release the clutch at the right time to match revs. On braking I wouldn't normally be on the throttle so I would blip.


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At the Lee Parks Total Control courses I just attended, blipping is one of the things they discuss and even teach for those that don't do it. They highly advocate it for normal street riding.
They also went through panic stops and of course, blipping wasn't a part of it, because it was all about maximum braking to a full stop.

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Blipping is old school, now modern track bikes has rear wheel clutches to prevent inadvertent lockup, by removing any chance of human error, you rely on the technology of the machine, in turn you have more consistant laps and hopefully have faster lap times!

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After I downshift, I let out the clutch and turn up the throttle to match. I wouldn't call it blipping.

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I only blip the throttle if I am downshifting to accelerate. When downshifting to slow down or at a stop, I have never felt the need.

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At the Lee Parks Total Control courses I just attended, blipping is one of the things they discuss and even teach for those that don't do it. They highly advocate it for normal street riding.
They also went through panic stops and of course, blipping wasn't a part of it, because it was all about maximum braking to a full stop.
I am currently reading the Total Control book and just checked and they are recommending matching the engine speed to the trans speed, called blipping. I have been working on these techniques as I read them and some of it is simple, while others are quite amazing.

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