Originally Posted by viverrid
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.
Yes. But it can be done. Something tells me that rider in question made some critical mistakes...