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Old 08-16-2009, 05:11 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I had a large ducati something or other (Duke frame, Something else for engine, etc.) for awhile when I was like 14, but after that, not so much. Turns out, you shouldn't go through chicanes at high speed. I sold the bike, never bought another one. I'm in the market (sort of) for a Ninja 250 or other small sport bike, though.

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Old 08-16-2009, 05:38 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:15 PM   #23 (permalink)
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This thread has me wondering, how is coasting clutch in any different than sitting idle in gear clutch in? The MSF teaches you to stay in gear and ready to go, should the person behind you decides they don't want to stop in time.
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This thread has me wondering, how is coasting clutch in any different than sitting idle in gear clutch in? The MSF teaches you to stay in gear and ready to go, should the person behind you decides they don't want to stop in time.
Not that most riders are actually watching behind them at an intersection...
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:15 PM   #26 (permalink)
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The MSF definitely has the best intentions but honestly they have a few ideas that I'm not at all inclined to agree with.

I say the main thing is just to decide what works for you and always be careful.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:08 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:54 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I'm glad I noticed this thread. I just recently started pulling the clutch in going down hills or approaching stops at times when I would have just let the engine brake previously, and it has produced a small but noticeable improvement in FE. From a strictly financial standpoint it's probably not worth it if it results in increased wear to the throwout bearing (which I would have to learn how to repair as I'm not yet familiar with my bike's internals). But I also like the idea of less pollution, and I know that engine braking means lots of unburned hydrocarbons coming out the tailpipes. The problem with my bike is that it has very short gearing. I can descend a 7% grade in 5th gear and not exceed 40 mph. I'm already half way to the redline at about 55 mph. Time to get a manual and see how hard a throwout bearing is to change. Incidentally, would a throwout bearing failure be sudden and crippling, or something that could gradually get worse and not leave you stranded?
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Incidentally, would a throwout bearing failure be sudden and crippling, or something that could gradually get worse and not leave you stranded?
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If I read your post right what you are saying is that you would suddenely have no clutch, right?

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