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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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seemingly poor engine braking

I came from super sports and Victory bikes. I do quite a bit of engine braking and the Victory, engine braking hit like my exhaust brake on my truck at any rpm.

On my 15 RGS it seems like I have weak engine braking when the rpm are below 2600-2800rpm. I searched but all but 2 threads returned break in questions.

Is this normal? Is it due to the factory cams, gearing?

I'm asking more out of curiosity than concern

Before changing the exhaust to power duals (same cans) the engine braking performance was about the same.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 07:22 AM
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I find that Harleys require more downshifting to engine brake. Seems like on a metric, I can drop 1 gear and get the same results as dropping 2 gears on a Harley.


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I have a Yamaha 1700cc Warrior 5 speed. Engine braking on it is great and my RGC is a 6 speed and engine braking is not as good. I believe it's because of the wider spacing between gears on the 5 speed. The Road Glide has shorter spacing between the gears because of the extra gear. So the rpm difference is not as drastic on the 6 speed as it is on the 5 speed, so down shifting on the 5 speed 1 gear is almost like dropping 2 gears on the Glide. Just an opinion, i could be wrong.
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I would say my Road Glide has the right amount of engine braking.

I have had bikes that will ram your nuts into the tank if you are not ready for it.

I have had bikes with slipper clutches to alleviate that problem.

I think the new trikes might have slipper clutches and traction control.
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Probably the weight. These bikes are heavy.

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Thanks everyone for the responses.

I guess it's just something I'll have to live with. I don't really want to meet with the gearing to get better mechanical advantage as I feel it's best for all around riding stock. Honestly impressed with this bike after swearing I would never own a Harley. Much easier to work on, more comfortable, etc etc. They did it right (not without some nit-picky stuff, like the oil filter).

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I have about the same amount of engine braking on my 2017 RGU as I do our 2012 Goldwing GL1800 Trike. I use the engine as a brake especially in mountains or windy roads.
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You want engine braking below 3000 rpm, just hit the kill switch with your thumb.
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You want engine braking below 3000 rpm, just hit the kill switch with your thumb.
Been there, done that. Not on purpose though

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