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Say I'm coming to an intersection going 35mph and the left turn light is on. If I ease off the throttle slowly (say from 1/2 twist to 1/4 twist) to slow the bike down to 20pmh, is this still considered engine braking?

That's typically how I do it but is that proper though? Or is there a better technique?
 

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If you let off the throttle and the engine rpm is high enough to slow you down, than that is engine braking. If you want more engine braking, then just down shift to the next lower gear.
 

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Yes it is. If the motor is slowing the bike down due to friction then its called engine braking and it occurs anytime you let off the gas. If you can learn how to blip the throttle and shift earlier into a gear it has more engine braking. Just be sure to if your only using engine braking as I do sometimes, to make sure there is no car behind you, if there is I slightly ride the back brake to show them brake lights.
 
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