Ok so i just got my first bike (07 GPX250) 2 days ago and ive been taking it for a ride around quiet streets and this empty netball court area near my place. this is pretty much the first time ive ever ridden a motorcycle (since the prelearner course) so ive got a couple of probably stupid questions regarding gear shifts, which i just need to get sorted out: 1. My main problems are with smooth downshifting. What is the best way for me to downshift? Is it better to engage the cluth, push down, then blip the throttle a bit and disengage quickly? Or is it better to just engage the cluth, push down, then slowly disengage? Coz at the moment ive been trying the latter and I found that the rear wheel locks up a bit.. 2. Also, with downshifting, is it ok to downshift from say 4th to 2nd? So like if i'm cruising at 60km/h in 4th, and suddenly realise i need to make a turn up ahead, is it ok to engage the cluth, push down twice, then disengage? And if so, will shifting down 2 gears make the rear wheel lock up more than if i just downshift from 4th to 3rd? 3. One more thing with downshifts: say i'm cruising at 60km/h in 4th gear, and i need to slow down momentarily to 20km/h up ahead, but then i'll be able to accelerate back up to 60 km/h. Is it ok to stay in 4th gear the whole time (while decelerating to 20 and then accelerating back up to 60)? Or would it be better to downshift to 2nd or 3rd while decelerating, then upshift back up to 4th when accelerating? 4. Lastly, with upshifts, at what revs is it good to upshift? Coz i've taken my bike up to 6000 revs before i upshift...is taking it that high likely to damage the engine? Thanks for your help!!