Originally Posted by Lion BR
On the video of the GS going down hill, it seems there was no engine braking whatsoever. The rider could have panicked and had his clutch pulled all the way in. I bet engine braking would have helped a lot.
When picking your way down a steep descent In trail
conditions (not dirt roads
) the speed that a big dual sport with stiff road-oriented gearing would "engine brake" to is often faster than the rider wants to go.
Or to put it another way, just relying on engine braking and you'll go too fast. Brake without clutching and you'll stall.
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