So, I'm still learning to ride. I'm pretty confidant in all aspects of riding now, except one thing... shifting down. I can do doughnuts and figure eights all day without a second blink. I can shift up to speed no problem by listening to the engine. But when it comes to slowing down to make a turn, I freeze. I can't fucking figure out how to tell which gear i should be in. My bike lurches and brakes all over the place when I try to shift to a lower gear. Everyone tells me, you just need to practice and it will become second nature, but I can't figure out how you tell which gear you should be in when slowing down.
I know this is a complete loser newb question, and you can laugh at me because I know this is ridiculous, but its really frustrating, and I fear my nervousness in slowing down will get me into trouble, not to mention bust up my engine. I've read all kinds of crap online, but there's never anything definite. These are some of the better things I've read: