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Old 02-12-2008, 11:06 PM   #1
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1. Why use bike stands for the front/ rear?

2. When you are slowing down, do you down shift or pull the clutch in? And why?
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1. much, MUCH easier too do maintainence when its on a stand than when its on the kickstand.

2. depends on how im slowing down. if its gradual, i downshift so that when i accellerate ill already be in the correct gear. if its a quick stop, clutch in baby.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:10 PM   #3
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a buddy of mine that rides a HD told me to ALWAYS down shift...that the clutch wasn't made to be used in that manner...but thanks Azlyum!
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I have a few questions that I need answered......

1. Why use bike stands for the front/ rear?

2. When you are slowing down, do you down shift or pull the clutch in? And why?
bike stands are great for pm on your bike, like adjusting/oiling your chain. on the front for safely storing in your garage and taking up less room than a bike leaning over.

When I slow down I usually pull in the clutch and downshift. I brake when I have to go to a complete stop or and unexpected stop. It was just how I was taught to ride, with my gears... not my brakes.
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in all technicality, it puts more wear and tear on the clutch to downshift, its better to clutch. but to each his own.
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in all technicality, it puts more wear and tear on the clutch to downshift, its better to clutch. but to each his own.
all I hear is blah blah blah...j/k

I feel like my action is incomplete to just pull in the clutch for some weird reason, like I am missing a step or something... ya know what I mean?
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seems like brakes or clutch costs about the same for my bike. Might as well keep my shifting skill honed. downshift...
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all I hear is blah blah blah...j/k

I feel like my action is incomplete to just pull in the clutch for some weird reason, like I am missing a step or something... ya know what I mean?
all i hear is blah, blah, blah.

lol i said i downshift too. nya nya.
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all i hear is blah, blah, blah.

lol i said i downshift too. nya nya.
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ok...next question......

When my bike is under load I hear a tapping....but only under load?
Valve adj. mabey?
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ok...next question......

When my bike is under load I hear a tapping....but only under load?
Valve adj. mabey?
where is the tapping comimg from?
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How many miles on your bike and have you ever had a valve adj before? But under load or not I think it would be distinguishable as a valve problem.
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A good practice when downshifting is to "blip" (quick on then off twist) the throttle while the clutch is in. That way when the clutch is released, the rpm's aren't so low that the clutch plate gets shock loaded when it is released. The rpm's being higher will make the realease of the clutch feel a lot smoother.
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ok...next question......

When my bike is under load I hear a tapping....but only under load?
Valve adj. mabey?
Could be anything. Knocking from crappy fuel.. rod knock.. piston slap.. Would need a trained ear to find that one..
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the bike ........ not really sure.
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1. much, MUCH easier too do maintainence when its on a stand than when its on the kickstand.

2. depends on how im slowing down. if its gradual, i downshift so that when i accellerate ill already be in the correct gear. if its a quick stop, clutch in baby.


Azylum doesn't slow down, cause he keeps it real
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sounds like a chuck norris line:

AZYLUM DOESNT SLOW DOWN, THE EARTH SPEEDS UP.
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i hear engine braking (slowing down by engine load) is bad on the crank....someone please correct me if i'm wrong

clutch in, use your brakes, and adjust gear to correct speed/rpm....why waste fuel, put unnecessary load on the motor, and possibly damage engine internals (if my first statement is correct)....

the brakes are there for a reason.....might as well use em.
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I don’t know bout yall, but I always engine brake, Good, bad or indifferent...I’m sure its “harder” on the system as a whole, yet to me it feels more effective. Clutch-in, a quick blip and down shift, clutch out and look through your turn and your right there rollin back on the throttle. And I’m not saying go out and beat up your ride, yet these things we all love “Sport bikes” for the most part are high performance machines, and usually made to be ridden as such. And if something breaks, hey I guess Ill just get a new part, because I love riding. And last I checked there wasn’t a 12-step program for Road racing. Anyway I could be wrong, just my 2 cents.
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