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post #5 of (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 11:42 PM
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Re: Downshifting .. rooky question?

I would suggest that it depends on how experienced of a rider you are. Mechanically it won't destroy the bike, but it will be much easier to break the rear loose, especially on a larger displacement bike. Be aware of the road conditions as well. After the snow leaves up here, there is often a lot of loose, sandy stuff on the roads. If you hit a slick patch in first gear at higher RPM, a small twist of the wrist could end your ride fast!
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