Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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The folks here have more experience than I, but here is my thought process for your consideration and their critique. :-)
If you're coasting, and something bad happens that requires you to speed up immediately to evade, you lose time letting the clutch out and you risk stalling from being in too high a gear. If you're just downshifting, your brake light isn't on and the odds of being rear ended go up.
My solution is to pull the front brake just enough to turn on the brake light, and then downshift without rev matching. Engine braking is already using traction on the rear tire, so I don't use the rear brake while doing it. If I need to slow down faster, I use more front brake and downshift more aggressively.
If I'm coming up to a stop sign or red light so I know it will be a full stop, I'll just clutch in and use both brakes, but if I'm dealing with moving traffic or coming up to a turn I try to keep it in gear as much as possible.
I'm still new to this, so I do sometimes coast if I'm having trouble downshifting properly. It's a bad habit I'm working hard to brake, pun intended.
Every bike is a good bike. The question is whether or not it's the best bike for what you want to do.
The Little Sport Tourer That Could - 2011 CBR250R with touring windscreen, Saddlemen seat, tank cover, frame sliders, mirror extenders, taller gearing via sprockets to fix speedo and reduce vibration at highway speed. Written off due to act of moron.