Dead Engine Start
Posted April 27, 2001 - 03:03 AM
Posted April 27, 2001 - 03:51 AM
Posted April 27, 2001 - 03:53 AM
i'm serious. it's all nerves.
you KNOW how to do it.
you CAN do it.
you must be wacking the throttle on the line when the flag goes. i know, i did this for 2 years on my '98. i just loved being 31st off the line out of 33. especially in the summer dust of central texas. you could NOT ask for a worse start.
now, with my 250F, i'm doing much better (that is until the last race where *I* did the same thing).
practice, practice, practice. if you have a yard you don't mind ripping up, practice in it. have somebody give ya a start in the yard. i did 8 of them last night. will do that many tonight in prep for my HS race this weekend. i have a 3rd, holeshot, holeshot and an 8th to the first turn this year. wanna guess which week i didn't practice? it starts with an # bigger than 4.
calm and focused on the line after doing practice at home!
Posted April 27, 2001 - 05:11 AM
Posted April 27, 2001 - 05:11 AM
Posted May 01, 2001 - 04:58 PM
I thought I was the only one left kicking on the line while the others got the "dust bowl" ready for us. At least you didn't have to be dragged around by a tractor(cr500) to get your bike fired of the trailer. We WILL figure this thing out this weekend!!!!
Posted May 01, 2001 - 06:04 PM
1. Always use a stand about 6-8 inches tall to stabilize your left foot. This will give you a firm solid kick.
2. Set-up the position of the kick starter. You know the drill.
3. Hover over the kick starter with your foot but don't push on it until the flag drops.
4. When you kick, it's hard but just try to focus on your bike's revs. When you are positive it has started, roll the throttle on and dump the clutch. Don't crack the throttle unless you are positive it has started!
For my starts, I'm always about 1 second slower than the other guys, but I make sure my bike is running, otherwise you just roll the throttle on, flood the bike and waist yourself trying to start it again.
I've never lost a 90 mile race for losing 1 second off the start.
Hope this helps!
Canadians ride hard too!
1999 WR 400
2001 YZ 426
National H&H and WORCS
Posted May 01, 2001 - 10:37 PM
Originally posted by Greg C:
My buddy was telling me that he gets his KLX 300 all warmed up then stalls it by dumping the clutch instead of using the kill switch. He said that it doesn't flood that way.
I'm not sure why that would work for your buddy's KLX, but I know that whenever I stall my WR (either through stupidity, or in tight, nasty stuff) it will usually not start without pulling the hot start button. When I shut it down with the kill switch, and restart while still warm, it starts first kick every time.
Posted May 01, 2001 - 11:45 PM
now i have a CLEAN PLUG & a bike definately IN GEAR.
i always stall the bike not at the last moment but about 1 or 2 minutes before the flag drops. by doing this i know that there is no fuel vapourisation or air locks in the carb.
don't stall a hot engine at the last second.
think about it!!!
what's the only change to you stalling it as you ride along?
1) your on a different fuel circuit.
2) you've boiled the engine on the line!
Posted May 02, 2001 - 06:43 AM
I think I am going to take SUnruh's advice and start practicing the dead engine starts.
Posted May 02, 2001 - 12:49 PM
I will also be practicing, I need to keep Jason right where he is. He is too fast to be that close in the points. Sorry your not going to make Martinsville, It's a good track. I'll see you at Ivor.