your going to really hurt yourselve coasting through fast to evenOn some steep downhills full of twisties where there's just no right gear I have maximum control if I pull in the clutch, coast, and use the brakes gently and sporadically. I'm talking for a full minute or more on some stretches. Is this bad for the bike?
If you can find the right gear for the grade, yeah. Otherwise the handling is smoother coasting - the thing handles like a big bicycle. Maybe it's just me and all perception but I felt the same way on much heavier bikes (my old Nighthawk 750).your going to really hurt yourselve coasting through fast to even
moderate turns if i understand you correctly.
you have much more control in general with the bike in gear.
Answer to question is no won't hurt bike. As far as saftey goes the same people who say your going to hurt yourself are either conservative or inexperienced. As long as your not new to riding or putting someone else in jeopardy do want you wantI'm talking for a full minute or more on some stretches. Is this bad for the bike?
Feels smoother to me. If it's really as dangerous as people suggest I guess its a wonder that it's legal to ride bicycles down the same grades we take our motorcycles. I've seen bicycles go down some steep twisties in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Kings Mountain Road, Tunitas Creek Road) at speeds I probably wouldn't be comfortable with on my CBR.Ok, so I was lucky enough to get to ride about 70mi. this afternoon. Riding down hill with the clutch in was very strange. At first it felt pretty cool. You couldn't hear the engine at all and it seemed very much like you were on a very big and very, very heavy bicycle. I did get the sensation that I didn't have nearly as much control without using the engine to my advantage. Maybe it was just in my head but it didn't feel right
Maybe this will cause even more tongue clucking but if I'm forced to go through a patch of gravel, mud, or leaves I also do that with the clutch pulled in (after first slowing). It's much easier to avoid any variation in speed that might cause slippage.My $0.02
The throttle is your direct connection to the tires & weight distribution between the front and the rear. The throttle is your direct connection to traction.
The throttle when used correctly is your best friend.
When the clutch is pulled in, your best friend (Mr. Throttle) is rendered useless.
Get thee to an MSF Advanced Rider Course or spend some time on the track. Clutch in means you've lost control of the rear.Maybe this will cause even more tongue clucking but if I'm forced to go through a patch of gravel, mud, or leaves I also do that with the clutch pulled in (after first slowing). It's much easier to avoid any variation in speed that might cause slippage.