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post #1 of 20 Old 11-09-2016, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, it's me again, with another (most likely dumb) question. The K1600 is the first shaft driven motorcycle I have ridden/owned. With a car (I drive a STi so stick shift FTW), I would all the time use engine braking while slowing down, downhill travel. I was wondering if that is recommended on this motorcycle. I have seen that rate of engine braking is much harder on this bike than other bikes I have owned and also, there is a strange (to me) feeling in the shaft/transmission.

Am I over thinking?
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-09-2016, 05:47 PM
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I use engine breaking ALL the time. Usually, if you see my brake light on it's because I'm coming to a stop. I use to worry more about vehicles behind me not knowing I was slowing so I added a Volo module wired to the Radiantz License Plate LED run/brake strip.

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I use engine breaking ALL the time. Usually, if you see my brake light on it's because I'm coming to a stop. I use to worry more about vehicles behind me not knowing I was slowing so I added a Volo module wired to the Radiantz License Plate LED run/brake strip.
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Same here but I installed a Whelen Lin3 light (where the red reflector was above the license plate) attached to a Custom Dynamics Magic Strobe GEN2 Magic Brake Light Flasher. It is almost offensive it is so bright, but it sure gets the attention of those behind me.

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I have seen that rate of engine braking is much harder on this bike than other bikes I have owned and also, there is a strange (to me) feeling in the shaft/transmission.
When downshifting to engine brake raise the RPM to match the gearbox speed. Don't just 'pop' the clutch with out matching throttle.
To relieve some of clunk slightly feather the clutch at first sign of the noise.

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post #8 of 20 Old 11-09-2016, 10:28 PM
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Use engine braking with brake lights to warn vehicles behind you. Then use your brakes to the final stop.
Just use common sense and think about what the vehicle behind you will do.
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Our bikes have what is known as a slipper clutch. You can down shift one or two maybe three gears at once and let the clutch out and the rear wheel won't lock up and possibly cause a skid like motorcycles with out the slipper clutch.

Think about this the next time you come into a corner or a round about. Click down twice and let the clutch out, at any rpm, no need to rev the engine.
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Joe,

Do you have a pic or video of your brake light setup?

Are you aware of anyone that uses the Whelen light and strobe in conjunction with the Billy Brake light?? That combination sounds like it would be impossible to miss....
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