Sure, it has tons of engine braking, but the first reaction to someone looping out a bike is to apply more throttle. It happens automatically as you get thrown back. And a small bike can and will loop out. There are tons of "fail" videos on YouTube illustrating all sorts of interesting ways to crash motorcycles. It's never happened to me on a small bike in my backyard with everyone watching. Nope, never happened. (LOL)I can imagine in 1st gear, and without slipper clutch, that the dark side of the force of engine braking, is quite strong on this bike!