grasshopper is ready to be taught...
Posted January 24, 2002 - 07:45 AM
1)best way to effectively use compression braking?
2)powershifting (w/out clutch) ok, or no way?
3)cornering...clutch in or out?
4)rpms...let it howl the moon, or shortshift?
5)others that i couldn't think of while typing this?
These all aply to both the mx and harescrambles i do. please keep that in mind. i think i finally got the correct attack postion. now,...
if you can answer any of these for me (from a racing, not trailriding, point of view) please speak up.
thanks fellow thumpaholics.
Posted January 24, 2002 - 10:10 PM
but i'm still open to any help...
Posted January 24, 2002 - 10:26 PM
i don't race, but each track I ride requires a different style of riding.
Clutch? Use it ot not, doesn't matter. Whatever you feel comfortable with
Engine braking? You'll be faced with this everywhere. Big advantage is right hand turns when you're foot is normally sticking out near the front axle, unable to touch the brake.
Scream or lug? The YZ/Wr will do either. Take lap times both ways to know for sure. I really only scream it when I need to hold the gear for a few more feet rather than shifting up, then back down for the next turn. However! Sometimes screaming it a little when close to other rides will throw them off. You can't hear the ring-ding of a 2-smoker next to the THUMP of the YY, so it might confise your opponent (for example not knowing what gear they are in by listening the engine).
Cornering..don't think there's really a standard here. Use the clutch if you want to slip it out of turn. There's enough juice that you don't need the clutch much... I prefer to NOT slip the clutch to save on wear/tear, but I'm not riding for $$ either.
1.) Go to a gym and do cardio workouts.
2.) Setup suspension and consider revalving
3.) Don't worry about HP too much, think "smooth" delivery of power.
4.) Stand up as often as possible
5.) Don't deathgrip the bars
6.) Learn to turn w/o the handlebars. IE use body position and push on the pegs to turn. After you know how to lean (different from a street bike) and push on the pegs, combine that with holding your elbows up on turns. You'll be surprised how tightly you can turn when you use all available means.
7.) Don't try to kick too much ass the first year, realize that there will always be someone faster than you.
8.) Watch the fast guys, see the lines they follow.
9.) Be careful on jumps if you haven't already jumped it. Keep ON THE GAS off the ramp. Otherwise you'll nosedive like a B-52.
Posted January 24, 2002 - 11:16 AM
Just my 2 cents.
Posted January 25, 2002 - 04:02 AM
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