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I'm always torn between first and second gear when I'm driving at slow speeds, like in a parking lot. What's the maximum speed at which you can downshift into first, without damage or excessive wear?


From the RPM to Speed chart it looks like you could downshift into first at 35 mph.

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I'm always torn between first and second gear when I'm driving at slow speeds, like in a parking lot. What's the maximum speed at which you can downshift into first, without damage or excessive wear?
I won't downshift to 1st until i'm between 15-10mph usually, and allowing the engine to help brake.
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I mostly use the speedometer to check my road speed when adjusting to speed limit signs. I sometimes use first for engine braking to slow down from higher speeds especially on a downhill coming to a stop. I really like the sound the C50's stock pipes make under heavy engine braking sounds like a mini semi using the often illegal unmuffled jake braking.

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