One thing I can't seem to get right is downshifting. Sometimes I am smooth and sometimes I am a hair away from locking the rear. The problem is I don't know what I am doing wrong so I can't fix it and I don't know what I am doing right either. I am looking to the more experinced riders to help me. In the MSF class I took, we were taught to close the throttle, downshift, then bring the RPMs up and let the clutch out. In the latest edition of Sport Rider, it stated that I am supposed to blip the throttle and then downshift. Basically goose it a little as I pull in the clutch, but not really rev it. Which is it? I think I have the wrong technique and am confused trying to figure out which one I should use. Another thing. If I downshift to pass, I normally just go from 6th to 5th and make the pass, shift back to 6th. Could I drop more than one gear, say down to 4th from 6th, to pass? I hear talk about matching RPMs to gears on downshifts and such. What is that all about? The bike manual says to match the gear with approx speed (15,25,30,42,50,59 mph on a 6 spd) which seems weird to most I talk to as they say to run it closer to redline (at 9500) before shifting and not go by speed. Sort of confused on the whole deal. I don't understand the relationship between engine RPMs and gear selection. I don't know how to drive a manual trans vehicle, so the motorcycle transmission is all I know. Like I said earlier, 6 speed with a 9500 redline, if that helps. Thanks.