Just got back from a trip to West Virginia. Really great riding there....Had a blast riding the mountain twisties. I got a lotta respect for anyone who lives in the mountains and has to ride those roads on a regular basis. I could tell the wear and tear on the motorcycle has to be tremendous. Just wondering how you all (from the mountains) ride in the mountains. I was always taught to gear down and use the transmission as a brake while descending so as not to heat up brakes. Now I have been told that it is not good on the newer models to ride like that. I do not know why? this is what a friend told me. How do you ride the mountains?