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Some people call it 'blipping', I call it 'douchebaggery'.
To each his own...

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In the early days throttle blipping was necessary to prevent a potentially damaging back-fire due to uncombusted fuel in the exhaust. That's not a problem anymore. Is there any more ubiquitous sound associated with the presence of a motorcycle? Is there anyone here who does not blip?
Throttle blipping was never necessary for a properly tuned Motorcycle or vehicle, and blipping the throttle would cause the backfire not prevent it.
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It may be OLD SCHOOL, but blipping the throttle for a down shift, is something I still do, without thinking about it. I don't find myself doing it a lights much though. I will do it if I am on a hill at a set of lights though. Don't know why I do it. Just an old habit I guess.

It may come from the dirt riding days, or riding on track. But when down shifting, bringing the Rpm's up to match your speed will keep you from having the rear tire brake loose in a turn. I don't ride that fast on the street anymore, so it's not imperative. I do however still find myself doing it out of habit.

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Why is mastering the art of riding a motorcycle a "douchbag move", maybe you''re not pushing hard enough. Read any book on advanced riding, there are a lot of techniques used to be in the right gear at the right speed at the right time, or you can just putt around and ignore it all.

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Hang around a race track for a while. You will certainly find riders blipping, but it won't be the fast guys doing it. It is just a poor riding technique and totally not necessary. Ill repeat, if you need to blip to dcownshift you're going too fast for the gear youre trying to get into.

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So how do you match your engine speed with your tranny speed without giving it throttle? Any increase in throttle would be a blip. A blip doesn't mean rev the hell out of the bike. The blip should be small and quick. And yes, on the KTM, I do it at a high rpm while riding hard on back roads. I also use the front brake till I'm halfway through a turn. I guess that's a noob move too.
Man, I hardly ever hear about trail braking on this thread! Not to mention KTMs

Oh and yeah, I never blip my Shadow. Seems about as pointless as revving my electric weed whacker. I rev to match rpms though but I don't consider that blipping.


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From what I understand, the whole reason for a slipper clutch is so you don't have to blip the throttle to match the rpm with the tranny. This keeps the rear tire from chattering as you enter a turn. If that is right, and your bike doesn't have a slipper clutch, then you should be blipping the throttle. While riding hard that is. Correct? Some have said that it isn't needed and there are better ways to match the revs, but no one has said how. I know this is not a "High Performance" forum, but please give advice if you know a better way. I am here to dicuss and learn.

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Some have said that it isn't needed and there are better ways to match the revs, but no one has said how. I know this is not a "High Performance" forum, but please give advice if you know a better way. I am here to dicuss and learn.
Again, go to a MotoCross track or a road course and see how the fast guys are riding. The really fast guys don't have time to screw around with blipping.
If you're on the pipe in the proper gear, you're already in the right gear to use engine braking.

Your tranny doesn't really care if the engine is turning to match its speed or not. You should be using the clutch to modulate wheel slip when high performance downshifting anyways. If your just banging down a gear and dumping the clutch...you're doing it wrong.

I started riding in the 60's. I've spent many years racing MX and ice/flat track. I only sometimes made it to the podium, but the guys that I rode with did, often. I watched what the fast guys did and learned.

If you're just riding aggressively, I suppose blipping won't waste any time that matters even though it's not really helping performance. In a racing environment anything you can do to shave time matters, so screwing around with the throttle will hurt your lap times.

You certainly can and will ride how ever you like....but that won't change the fact that fast riders don't blip.

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I'm not a racer and have no plans to be one. I have read and been told about matching the revs with a small blip many times. I do understand what you are saying and think that when it gets nice out, I'll have to try it out. I don't like pushing it in cold weather or deer season for that matter.

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