Originally Posted by r6_me
i always keep mine in gear even at a red light until the car behind me stops. sometimes people cant see u and u want to be able to get out of the way quickly
what are you going to do ride into the intersection in front of oncoming traffic or into the car in front of you?
guys, If it's going to happen, you will never be able to react fast enough to avoid it.
it's like the guy saying he doesn't need a seatbelt because he can put his hands up and hold on.
as for downshifting, if you are racing or track riding you should at least blip the throttle or let the clutch out slow on downshifts if you have a slipper clutch.
it will momentarily lock the rear if you do not.
on the street, it depends how you are riding.
and you can actually damage an engine downshifting. if you are downshifting and making the engine hit way up in redline zone you should wait until you slow down a little or hold out the gear longer.
I believe they call it "over revving" and it can
damage the engine
it makes me want to close my eyes when I see guys in videos do this at the track. it's so easy to destroy an engine like that. and the power of most bikes falls off long before the redline anyway.
when you see professional riders they never do this to an engine. they let it come way down in rpms. you don't need it at the redline for a corner.