Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Windsor, ON, Canada
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I can't say for sure with a 300 as I've never owned one (maybe next bike)
I've had a 750 magna for almost 3 years, and in that at 10K rpm, first gear was like 30KM/h and top of 2nd gear was getting on to freeway speeds (canadian freeway)
If you rev match properly, you will not shock your drivetrain. But still, I wouldn't just dump the clutch downshifting into 2nd or first especially, release it slowly and let the engine speed match the drive. This might put a bit of wear on your clutch but nothing serious.
If I am correct these things have a wet clutch so slippage isn't as bad as with a dry clutch, like would be in a car.
I just replaced my 06 Focus, and I dropped over 300,000KM on that and shifted/downshifted very aggressively and it still has the original clutch, and while it would probably be an improvement to have replaced it, it was still very functional.
Definitely don't do it while going too fast as you can seriously damage your engine if the revs go too high, and like previously mentioned, make sure you press the rear brake, just hard enough to light your brake light, so that traffic behind you can see that you are slowing down.
Even after driving manual for 6 years, I was not even prepared for how fast a motorcycle engine can stop the vehicle, the guy behind you likely isn't ready for it either.
Right of way means little if you're dead
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