This is for the guy that wanted a bit of info. on downshifting etc.
Here is how I view it.
You've noticed that when you down shift that the revs go up and the bike seems to decelerate, and if you just dump the clutch instead of smoothly disengaging it the bike will feel like you just stabbed the brakes ( you might even chirp the rear tire too)? This deceleration/affect is called engine braking, which I won't get into. I'm sure you can find a good explanation elsewhere.
Well, the idea behind blipping the throttle is to get the revs up just enough that when you use the clutch you won't get very much engine braking. You will still get engine braking (after fully disengaging the clutch), but it should feel more like when you stay in the same gear high up the rev range and roll off the throttle. Now don't go and bang off three downshifts! You'll be over the bars!
Basically, blip (the amount is different per bike. You'll just have to figure it out on your bike) the throttle and snap off a quick, but controlled downshift.
Let's say, you have to downshift a total of three gears. If you do the downshifting properly for each gear, you should experience a relatively linear deceleration (engine braking) with the strongest deceleration happening right after the downshift and the weakest right before the next downshift.
So in summary, downshifting is the art of stringing together, as smoothly as possible, the deceleration each gear has to offer.
Downshifting is usually used in concert with braking, and is most effective (and the most fun
) when your blazin'.
Your going to have to just practice to get it right. Just go to a parking lot and try third to second downshifts, as I always find first a bitch with it's higher gear ratio. You don't have to be going fast to get the idea.