Are you a blipper?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by racer, Jan 12, 2018 at 1:26 PM.

  1. racer

    racer Long timer

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    If so, what kind.........Down shift going into a corner?............Look at me at a stop light?..........Fire this baby up and gitter warmed up?.............. or........Blow out cobs and maker her run right?

    I Must confess that when I did the obligatory but short tour as a Harley boy, I bought the low restriction cut offs and that was fun for a while. A few BMW's and KLR's fixed that habit. An FJR and Super Tenere just idled fine, but I'm finding my new Africa Twin has a pleasing, but not too loud exhaust note and it gets a few blips now and then.

    As a side note, I was participating in a KTM track day at Mid-Ohio a few years ago. During our twenty minute off track coaching session, our coach was talking about blipping the throttle while down shifting. There were a couple Harley boys in our group and they asked what blipping was. I spoke up and said it's what you guys do at stop lights. Everyone laughed and they figured it out pretty quick.

    So let's hear it. Do you blip?
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  2. BetterLateThanNever

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    Yes. Yes. No. No.
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  3. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Still Riding

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    Yes, especially when at a stoplight. Sometimes I have to in order to get the bike to go into gear from neutral. I press down on the shifter, if nothing happens, I blip the throttle and then press again, usually it clunks into 1st. Bike has done this since I bought it more than 4 years ago.
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  4. docwyte

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    Yes, I Rev match when I downshift
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  5. racer

    racer Long timer

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    Whatcha blippen there Zapp?
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  6. foxtrapper

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    No
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  7. st3ryder

    st3ryder Been here awhile

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    Don't auto shifters have auto blipper features? Of couse I blip on downshifting. But not at stop lights. And yes, I do blip to see if the revs hang up or bog down to give me a sense of a/f.
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  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Rev matched downshifts. It avoids upsetting the line in a corner, and saves on the clutch.
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  9. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    Every downshift.
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  10. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    Only when double clutching.
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  11. Vertical C

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    How do people know if they do it on every down shift. I notice I do it subconsciously but can't for the life of me tell me if I do it every time.
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  12. Sugra

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    When downshifting, sometimes.
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  13. BetterLateThanNever

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    For me, it would be the absence of a lurching motorcycle. I have a thing about being in the right gear for bugging out no matter what, so my downshifts are at high enough rpms that I'd know if I just let the clutch out without thinking.

    I do find that the slipper clutch on my Ducati promotes a certain laziness about this. Feel free to save that for the next technology argument...
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  14. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Only on "serious" downshifts, once in a while.
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  15. shovelstrokeed

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    I don't really blip anywhere. What I do is let the bike blip for me when downshifting by not turning the throttle fully off. A bit of preload on the shifter, a quick fan of the clutch and I'm smoothly in the next lower gear. Now going down through the gears, the spread between the ratios increases and a 3-2 downshift requires more revs than a 5-4 or 6-5. My bikes are old but have big engines, I only use first for starting off, no blips at stop lights or signs.
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  16. jeffmackvision

    jeffmackvision Boob man

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    i agree .... do this as well. but don't consider this blipping. never blip anywhere....i find it funny.
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  17. foxtrapper

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    Kinda hard to do with a bike transmission.
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  18. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    Blipping the throttle, is for the Open-Pipes crowd.

    I FEED fuel, gently, as I let out the clutch after a downshift.

    Carb or FI, I have never, ever had the need or desire to "blip." With the carb'd Honda, I just slowly ease off the choke as it warms up. At lights, I leave it idle. "Running the cobwebs out" is done by running it up to the redline - UNDER SOME LOAD.
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  19. Strong Bad

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    Why yes it is!

    But double clutching really helps with a trans that has no syncromesh
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  20. Midnightventure

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    Not since I quit riding 2 stroke street bikes. They would foul the plugs if you let them idle very long.
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