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Braking while blipping

I was wondering if anyone had any tips for smooth braking while blipping the throttle down the gears?

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, but all I found was endless threads about blipping technique... I feel like my blipping itself is fine, I知 just struggling to keep my braking even when doing it. I picked up blipping very quickly, but I知 just getting nowhere with the braking.

I know a lot of it is just going to come down to more practise, but if anyone has any tips they found when learning themselves, I知 very interested. I知 currently using two fingers on the brakes... index and middle... mostly because others have said they had better results this way... I feel like I was maybe a little smoother on the braking when I was using all fingers on the lever, but I do like being able to keep my other fingers on the bar now that I知 used to it.
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Well I only use my index finger to brake that way I still have control of the throttle but I know some guys use there index and thumb to control the throttle while the other three fingers brake. It all comes down to how you are comfortable in doing it. If what you are currently doing isn't working I would try somehting different. It might feel weird but just do something different. It does come down to practice but some teachers would tell you to just concentrate on one thing each session until it becomes habit. Until you just don't have to think about it until it is just a reflex instead of a reaction.

I am no pro by any means but this is some of what I have learned out on the track taking advice from lots of people. One thing to remember is there is not just one right way to do things there are many and it just comes down to personal riding style. If you ever meet ayone who tells you there is only one right way or one right line listen to them politely and just remember that they are wrong. Do what works for you and get plenty of practice.
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You can try adjusting your brake lever to be closer to the bar. That'll give you a little 'slack' in your fingers so that blipping the throttle isn't going to force you to pull harder on the brakes.
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I was wondering if anyone had any tips for smooth braking while blipping the throttle down the gears?

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, but all I found was endless threads about blipping technique... I feel like my blipping itself is fine, I知 just struggling to keep my braking even when doing it. I picked up blipping very quickly, but I知 just getting nowhere with the braking.

I know a lot of it is just going to come down to more practise, but if anyone has any tips they found when learning themselves, I知 very interested. I知 currently using two fingers on the brakes... index and middle... mostly because others have said they had better results this way... I feel like I was maybe a little smoother on the braking when I was using all fingers on the lever, but I do like being able to keep my other fingers on the bar now that I知 used to it.
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I actually blip out of habit, even though I really don't need to. I use two fingers on the brake and use my thumb and palm to blip. Hard to describe really.

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but some teachers would tell you to just concentrate on one thing each session until it becomes habit.
Good point, I think I might start just getting the hand position right and stable without actually putting a lot of force on the brakes, since that is when it all gets very sloppy... I usually start shifting down early when approaching say a red light anyway, and often end up using the brakes barely at all, but at least if I drag the brakes a little every time it might start to feel more natural.

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You can try adjusting your brake lever to be closer to the bar. That'll give you a little 'slack' in your fingers so that blipping the throttle isn't going to force you to pull harder on the brakes.
I have Pazzo shorties, so I'll give this a try. I've just left it on 4 since I bought the bike. yut ught!
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But seriously, on the odd occassion I haven't blipped lately, I've noticed how much rougher the shifts are, even with the slipper clutch. Back when I had my 250, I got the back end real gnarly a couple of times from downshifting without blipping,that sort of scared me into always blipping and I find it hard not to anymore.

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I actually blip out of habit, even though I really don't need to. I use two fingers on the brake and use my thumb and palm to blip. Hard to describe really.
Yeah, sounds pretty close to how I'm doing it at the moment.

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I actually blip out of habit, even though I really don't need to. I use two fingers on the brake and use my thumb and palm to blip. Hard to describe really.
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I was wondering if anyone had any tips for smooth braking while blipping the throttle down the gears?

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, but all I found was endless threads about blipping technique... I feel like my blipping itself is fine, I知 just struggling to keep my braking even when doing it. I picked up blipping very quickly, but I知 just getting nowhere with the braking.

I know a lot of it is just going to come down to more practise, but if anyone has any tips they found when learning themselves, I知 very interested. I知 currently using two fingers on the brakes... index and middle... mostly because others have said they had better results this way... I feel like I was maybe a little smoother on the braking when I was using all fingers on the lever, but I do like being able to keep my other fingers on the bar now that I知 used to it.
it's difficult to learn if you're trying to do it on the street. when on the track, it's a quick and violent action done while you have a FIRM grip on the brake lever. on the street it's sorta like trying to type with heavy leather gloves on...


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Actually, if you do the slipperclutch mod and are smooth with your clutch release you don't really need to "blip." I do, but only because I've done it for like 30 years and it's engrained in my riding technique. If I was starting out, I'd spend more time practicing smooth braking, throttle and clutch.

A really good drill Pridmore teaches is to keep a constant speed and go up and down in gears holding that speed. Stay at about 40, and go 1-2-3-4-5-6, 6-5-4-3-2-1 releasing the clutch each time. It's tough. I practice this a lot if I find myself getting choppy at the controls.

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I actually blip out of habit, even though i really don't need to. I use two fingers on the brake and use my thumb and palm to blip. Hard to describe really.
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I've actually been trying to get the hang of this lately for emergency stops and practice when coming up to a light at higher speed. What started working for me was adjusting my hand on the throttle to where the cable had no slack and the throttle would open as soon as I turned it, then put my fingers on the lever and only use my fingertips. This allows me more room to twist the throttle to blip, rather than having more of my fingers over the lever and having to slide them over with the throttle turn (which just made my braking choppy). I use my ring, pinky, and palm with thumb to twist the throttle. It's pretty hard to explain but it's been getting smoother and smoother for me this way. Still mess up sometimes but it's a lot less than the way I tried it before. I can make a vid for you to show you what I mean if you want.


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