Tight Woods Handling?
Posted November 10, 2001 - 07:31 PM
I went out and bought a Suzuki DRZ400 because it handled so much better in the tight stuff and didn't stall at very slow speeds. The front end feels lighter and it has a steeper fork angle. Even has an electric start. BUT, I found out the hard way (hit the ground hard!)that at any speed over rough stuff, the Suzuki front end is unstable (scary). I missed my blue stable beast.
Any suggestions on how to make the beast better in the tight stuff? Flywheel weight? gearing? suspension mods? etc. Have you been happy with your mods.
Posted November 10, 2001 - 08:16 PM
1) 12 oz flywheel weight
2) YZ timing. Not needed for the really tight stuff.
3) lower your primary drive sprocket 1 tooth from 14 to 13.
4) move the rear wheel up as close to the mud flap as you can without hitting it to shorten wheelbase.
5) raise front forks up in the clamp 5 to 8 mm.
6) make sure your tire pressure front and rear are not too high.
7) I keep my suspension pretty soft for the tight stuff. That seems to work better for me.
That should be a good start. Try doing all this stuff and let us know how it works for you. Good luck, P
[ November 10, 2001: Message edited by: PMAUST ]
Posted November 11, 2001 - 04:47 AM
I live in Woodstock and work in Roswell. Where do you ride?
Pmaust has some good points. Numbers 4,5,6 and 7 should help significantly. Also you need to have the rear sag set correctly otherwise all the other adjsutments may not do much.
What tires are you using?
Posted November 11, 2001 - 08:30 AM
Do you have the YZ seat & tank or the stock WR??? All of the suggestions above are excellent! I found that big stock tank is horrible for trail riding and cornering in general. I was dumping my bike right & left in really stupid situations and I just wrote it off as "new bike" syndrome. Man, when I switched the seat/tank it was like a whole new, smaller bike, way more flickable.
Posted November 11, 2001 - 08:22 PM
I also run a 12oz flywheel and it definitely helps in the slow stuff.
Posted November 12, 2001 - 04:37 AM
--Correct tire and pressure. Personally, I thought the 756's didn't last very well. They felt GREAT compared to stock 739's, but I've since been sold on the Michelin S12. Soft/emdium terrain.
-- Correct ergonomics. Are you tall? If so, tall seat foam and tall bars (or risers) will most likely position you more naturally when riding/standing. I couldn't get my elbows out for turns with the low stock bar position.
Posted November 12, 2001 - 06:21 AM
This advice should be part of the "Technical" section in a concise format like PMaust wrote.
MX Tuner - I ride with a local group of late 30 somethings to 50 somethings. For a quick weekday ride we go to friend's land on Dorris Road in Alpharetta. Other times we usually go to North Georgia Mtns. to ORV areas or to a friend's place in Cleveland (up 400). He has permission from his neighbors to ride on a few thousand acres. We also participate in Southeastern Dual Sport Rides. Come join us sometime - I'll write to you offline.
Several in our group, just re-discovered dirtbiking after 18 or 20 years off. We are now hopelessly hooked and spend valuable work time doing things like this - writing on a web site about dirtbiking. This summer, we joined in on an annual ride in Crested Butte, Co. for a week. Was one of the most unbelievable outdoor experiences ever! We rode 120 miles+ a day. You western guys have it made with the vast terrain.
Thanks all and good riding!
Posted November 12, 2001 - 08:18 AM
I live between Duluth and Alpharetta, ride some dualsport on my WR ( GARTRA Chattahoochee DS), spend a week in CO in the summer on my WR, ocassionally ride an enduro, etc...
Have we met?
Want to go riding sometime?
I have another buddy in Woodstock with a WR.
Send me an email if you need more riding buddies.
Posted November 12, 2001 - 08:44 AM
1. Stock gearing
2. Stock timing-WR
3. 01 YZ header and silencer
4. Michelin S-12's
5. Scotts stablizer
6. Forks 6mm up in the triple clamps
7. I also run my race sag at 95mm
Posted November 12, 2001 - 08:59 AM
[ November 12, 2001: Message edited by: Jason Williams ]
Posted November 12, 2001 - 09:15 AM
Posted November 12, 2001 - 02:51 PM
I would Highly recommend contacting MXtuner off line. He has done wonders with my setup. I too am reliving my second childhood, and ride many areas of North Ga. Our group also has mostly guys in their late 30's to well, MXTuner just looks like he's 60, but rides like he's a teenager. Good luck with your setup.
MARK.....Kentuck yesterday was great!
Posted November 12, 2001 - 03:43 PM
Mike, I'd love to hook up with you sometime.
Greg, who do you know in Woodstock with a WR? I though I was the only one.
We all need to get together, go for a ride and tell some lies. Bill is good at the lying part.
Posted November 12, 2001 - 05:13 PM
My group is going riding this Friday. You are invited.
Thumpertalk Member "Greg from Atlanta" is joining us - Just met online.
Oh the joys of internet dating - ha!
Posted November 13, 2001 - 09:36 AM
You are welcome to join us also on Friday for the ride in the mountains. I see you are in Jonesboro. I'm grew up on the Southside - East Point/Fayetteville.
Posted November 13, 2001 - 09:59 AM
Another Time for sure.....
Posted November 15, 2001 - 07:45 AM