New rider here who just completed the New Rider course, which I loved. My question is this – when we are trail braking, aren’t we at risk of stalling because we don’t have the clutch pulled in? How much can you brake & slow the bike down without running the risk of stalling? I drove a manual car for over 10 years and if I was braking hard, the clutch was in so I could simultaneously downshift to the appropriate gear for my speed. If I tapped the brakes, I didn’t use the clutch.
My (limited) understanding is that I should be in the appropriate gear for the turn BEFORE I enter the turn, but then if I’m braking after that, what if it drops my speed too much and then I’m slogging through, say, second gear and/or my bike stalls because I slowed down *too* much?
Everything else covered in the course makes sense to me, but I don’t recall there being a discussion about downshifting before trail braking and/or the potential for stalling. Thanks so much for your time!