... and probably lose control of the tail.Obviously you also don't want to be at 15K RPM's and then downshift because you will just send your RPM's through the redline....
Do it all the time, as others have said, match the revs the best you can and go with it. I downshift on the track and do not get the revs right all the time. Little sliding, no big deal.Is downshifting harmful to a motorcycle or is it ok as long as the rpms become low enough?
Not really, On Kawboy's bike (04' ZX 10) you could drop it into 1st from the end of the straight and let go of the clutch, no slippage.Yeah, a slipper should help, but if you're really hamfisted, you can still lock the rear wheel.
Not exactly true:brakes are for slowing down. Clutch is for transmitting engine turning force to the rear wheels via the drive train etc. Just use the parts for what they were designed, that usually works the best. This of course does not always apply to certain parts of women.
By matching revs, I'm talking about "blipping" the throttle right before downshifting. What that does is bring the revs up to what the next gear requires. You could wait and downshift when the revs are low enough, as you stated, because if the revs are still too high for the next lower gear, the rear wheel will lock. You're right about that. Blipping is a good skill to learn. It's a bit hard to explain online, but the idea is, that just prior to downshifting, you pull in the clutch, give the throttle a blip to raise the rpms, downshift, smoothly let out clutch. You do all these things almost simultaneously. When you get it right, you'll hear the rpms go up on your bike, and feel it slow just a bit, but there will be no jerk, no rear wheel lock.Matching the Revs? Do you mean that I should only down shift when the revs are low enough to? I hear of people downshifting and locking up the back wheel;is this because the revs where high when they decided to downshift? I haven't put but 400 miles yet on my bike and its my first, I appreciate all the advice. I'm learning more and more everyday. I just didn't want to harm my engine by doing it the wrong way. Also, any advice on lowering the seat height? I'm only 5'6" and on my toes. Thanks
Yeah, I agree. Blipping's good to learn, but I just realized you have very few miles under your belt. I'd not worry about blipping just yet. Slow down before you downshift to let the rpms drop. Get proficient at starting, stopping, steering. Worry about blipping after you've got a good season under your belt. Did you take an MSF class? If not, I highly recommend it.^ I agree. You can flat foot it..... 1 side at a time. You're good to go. As for blipping, it seems like this is your 1st bike and you have very few miles of experience. Don't worry about blipping yet. Concentrate on not crashing.
Lower your bike? At 5'6"? I'm 5'4" and have never lowered anything. Lowering will decrease your ground clearance and can make the bike handle improperly.
First bike is a brand new 600rr? Whew, you'd have been better off with something older and used! Take it slow!
I agree with the locking up the rear wheel part being the result of a poorly executed downshift, but "playing tricks" like throttle matching?? That's not a trick, it's a good skill to learn (eventually, not for a noob) and it does not hurt the clutch at all. I use it all the time. Sure, it's a skill more necessary on the track, but I use it in street riding, too. Matching rpms with a throttle blip will prevent a rear wheel lockup.stop trying to do the wrong thing with the wrong part. If you are down shifting so hard you have to play tricks like throttle matching you are down shifting too far. If you down shift and are locking up the tire or getting loose you are down shifting too hard.