Originally Posted by Hawaiian_spawn
Hey there, I'm having an occasional problem with my gear switching to first while comming to a stop. As I was told at the msf course, gear down when coming to a stop. Anyways when the problem arrises its from the N to the 1st. It kicks back when trying to shift down. Its remedied by easing in the clutch on the ones before, like a bicycle I assume you can't skip too many gears
What can I learn from this?
First off make sure the clutch is properly adjusted as is the chain. My way of thinking 1st is for pulling away. So when going down the gears i would be stopped in 2nd then slip into first at a standstill. If i were still moving i wouldnt need any lower than 2nd.
Skippiung gears you can skip as many as the speed vs engine revs allow. If you want to go from 5th to 1st, wait till you are in 5th at @25!! rev to 7K and slip into first (estimates only). Sorry @ the sarcasm.
Not to knock msf courses but they are trying to keep the novice safe. There are still a mnultitude of different stopping options, these you learnr to apply to different situations as you experience them.
With trucks you are taught to keep it in gear till you stop then select the appropriate gear. Reason being with little experience you dont want to be playing footsie with the clutch and throttle when you should actually be covering the brake.
With experience you get to choose the gear while still moving.
I suppose that if you have to conciously think about what you are going to actually do then stick on the training side.
Just be aware that using all the available engine braking does have drawbacks like in the wet, get her into 1st with high revs and close the throttle and watch the rear end come round!
As for the kickback be firm with the stomp!