A slipper clutch can help solve the problems caused by sloppy or rapid downshifts, and while slippers are becoming common equipment on modern bikes, not all of us ride the newest motorcycles. If your bike doesn’t have a slipper clutch, you can avoid most downshifting drama by simply easing out the clutch gradually, the way you were taught as a novice. The slow-release method is fine if you have ample time, but sometimes you gotta get the job done quickly. This is where throttle blipping comes in. Blipping the throttle momentarily increases engine rpm to better match engine speed to the road speed for super-quick and buttery-smooth downshifts.