Popped my Cherry !
Posted August 28, 2001 - 09:18 PM
Picked her up at 3pm yesterday('99 WR400F), my first ride EVER on a MX started 4pm once I'd struggled into all my gear.
First kick.... she's alive. I listened to the dealer, read the reviews.... 90% first kick either HOT or cold. Believe me, I stalled on my first ride and had NO problems whatsoever to get her breathing again. What's the big deal ??
1)This bike RIPS.....Whoah.....held breath....slip....slide....gonna kill myself....phew....no WAY do I need to make the mods..... I cant POSSIBLY use all this power even of the stock setup....
2) Lighter than my XL600 (no **** ...its 60kg lighter)
3) Turns like a dog....but I'll get used to it....(and did)
1) DONT drag your foot too low on rough terrain. I caught something with my right foot hard enough to rip the (glued) sole from the toe of my boot....OUCH
2) Don't ride beyond your limits...my downhill mountain bike skills were coming out... trouble is the WR weighs about a "****load" more than my mountain bike so...yes... DOOOHHH....it DOESNT handle like a mountgain bike
3) Brake before you turn
4) Use the engine brake in steep downhills. (I am used to a drum brake on the rear and kept stalling in downhills due to the power of the rear disk)
5) Its difficult to use the rear brake whilst turning sharply to the right.....
6) Look FAR ahead. Wasn't used to the speeds and was using Mountain bike type distances......too short......
7) Avoid large rocks&bumps.... having the front deflect at high speed is NOT fun.... well at least not until you get to expect it..
1) Low(ish) speed power slides when accelerating out of turns are fun and easy to control
2) High speed "drifts" in turns to the right are awsome to behold...towards the end of the ride I was feeling real comfortable on the bike and was beginning to 'flow' and it just happened!
3) Following chamois (local brand of deer/mountain goats) down 4x4 roads at 40mph is a neat outdoorsy experience!!!
4) Saddle time is king. In the 3 hours of my first ride, my skills improved 100%
5) Hang on like hell !!! I almost blew myself backwards off the saddle in 3'rd...vicious circle...thrown backwards=more throttle=thrown even more backwards=even more throttle... fortunately I got the better of it.
3 hours later....
1) Arm pump approaching
2) That weeny easy pull clutch lever from 3 hours ago is now not so weeny easy!
3) Monkey butt! I'm not sure I understand the expression but it seemed to fit.
4) Beer in throat desperately needed
10pm... Kids in bed....wife writing....my first trip to the GARAGE!!!
1) Throttle "stop" mod...not necessary, as I suspected from the days riding experience
2) Air box top .... now gone (I DO need more power already!!)
3) Plastic, plate holder, plate lite doodad thingy....GONE.... Licence plate is now almost horizontal...I'll tell you if I get a ticket......
Oh yeah, like the other guy said, this site and this bike is ADDICTIVE.
AWESOME Ride on
Posted August 29, 2001 - 01:42 AM
Give it a try....Takes 5 minutes and you can change it back just as quick if you don't like it....Torque 17 ft lbs (top clamp) 14 ft lbs (lower clamp)
Posted August 29, 2001 - 01:58 AM
All I need now is a Torque wrench...any suggestions/advice ?
Posted August 29, 2001 - 02:57 AM
01 426 "sewing machine"
Custom cracked headlight:
Custom bent and twisted header pipe:Custom repaired break lever:custom repaired clutch lever: Custom dented moose skid plate: Custom dented frame: Custom scuffed side number plates: Custom scuffed front and rear fenders: Custom stock jetting: Custom vortip: Custom stickers
Posted August 29, 2001 - 03:15 AM
Posted August 29, 2001 - 03:23 AM
Posted August 29, 2001 - 08:36 AM
Posted August 29, 2001 - 09:03 PM
Anyway...welcome to the family
'99 WR400 with CA plates...ooooh yeah!!!
Posted August 29, 2001 - 09:03 PM
[This message has been edited by big_G (edited August 29, 2001).]