I guess maybe it's a leftover from dirt bike riding/racing but I always downshift and engine brake my way thru the gears as I slow down.
It has nothing to do with saving brakes.
I'll probaly never wear out a set of shoes on my little 350 they will last longer than me if the glue holds up.
I just like to be in an approaite gear for whatever speed I'm doing.
You never know if that light ahead is going to turn Green and you can just keep on going.
1970 CB 350 CAFE - Current Project on the bench,
1972 CB 350 K4 Red - Now a Happy Rider ! !
1972 CB 350 K4 Green (My Sons) DONE - YES !,
1st Bike 1970 SL 350 (Brought home in Parts - Trailer/Trunk/Back Seat - I miss that bike),
2nd - Bike Kawasaki 750
3rd - '73 XLCH 1000
'72 Commando 750
'81 440 LTD
My company car is a Kenworth
Yeah Mike, I hear you on the earlier design. My cousin and I sold them in the early '70s and we never saw any issues, though we did keep a couple of the left covers with ratchet mechanism in stock in case. Never knew the YG1 used a similar arrangement