Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Why engine brake except on long downhills?
Remember that your antilock brake system is no help when engine braking. If your rear tire runs over a greasy spot on the pavement when you're engine braking it might skid.
To match rpms when you downshift you can learn to hold the front brake as much as you need and simultaneously roll-on a blip of throttle while the clutch is in and you're downshifting the transmission. When you let the clutch out the engine is turning over fast for a good match. Takes some practice, but it works well when you get the feel for it. Adjusting the throttle cables for close to zero slack is a help.
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