Posted February 03, 2003 - 03:39 PM
I think I can beat the whoops with a little practice and some pucker to just hold the throttle open. I think I can learn how to fly enough to compete. That will take some practice and understanding. I also found out I don't shift to quick and abandon the clutch in 60% of my shifts in the one race I entered.
I need help on the corners. So, some of you guys that have been racing for awhile, I'd like to get some input.
I have seen turns around the outside/highside of a berm. It seems that this would almost be a better way for a 4 stroke to hit the turns and allow one to carry the most speed through the turn.
As it is now this is how I hit ANY turn:
Pick my line (adjusted for traffic) If I am going to fast I will downshift to bleed speed and dig better coming out the other side. I move up on the tank and elbows up, I push down on the handle bar to the inside. As I enter the turn I get my foot out last if needed. About 1/3rd of the way through the turn I start rolling on the throttle and try to weight the outside peg. As I exit the turn I grab any throttle I may have left and upshift unless its still digging out of the turn.
OK. Whats wrong, whats right, different turns and different methods. Any help will be appreceiated.
Thanks in advance
Posted February 04, 2003 - 12:31 AM
How are the tires and suspension settings? Maybe try more rebound damping...Late braking and riding up the berm should help carry more speed but the straighter line is usually the fastest.
Posted February 04, 2003 - 12:51 AM
Posted February 04, 2003 - 02:42 AM
Posted February 04, 2003 - 04:10 AM
If I am riding dual sport or desert, I lower the clamps back.It only takes a couple of minutes.
You front tire has a lot to with turning as well.Make sure you have the proper tire for the conditions you are riding.I hope you are not still on the stock tire.
Posted February 04, 2003 - 04:37 AM
I'd also check the condition of your tires, especially the front. If the edges are all rounded, there is no way it's going to handle like a newer, sharp edged tire.
I'd find a nice section somewhere that has some decent turns to it and keep running over and over those sections trying different lines, lean angles, braking, speeds, etc. Repetition is probably the best way to go faster through the corners.
Posted February 04, 2003 - 04:38 AM
If you are riding single track, stand up through the corners. It takes some practice and if you are an ex-MXer it will seem odd not sitting up on the tank, but you will go faster overall and use less energy if you stand up all the time.
Posted February 04, 2003 - 05:42 AM
Tires. I know the stock 739 is perhaps the worst tire I could have in this situation and I will probably end up on a 756 front and rear, but, I dont think I am even pushing that 739 to it's potential yet. I do need to examine it and see how much it could be effecting my riding. I did have it push out on me in a corner.
Because this is my first race I have not take the steps to get a YZ seat and tank, nor Have I YZ timed my scoot.
Should I be paying more attention to the clutch side of this equation or is that more of a two stroke thing?
Thanks for your help and advice. Let me know what you think
Posted February 04, 2003 - 08:32 AM
Are you talking aobut riding up at Berthoud? I assume that's ths HS you were in???
I'll say this-I think anywhere up there besides the main track is a nightmare for turning anyway-either powdery dusty sand, or rock hard. You will notice a difference with the 756's, and you might want to make sure both front and back suspension is set up right. You want to get it to soak up as much as you can w/out bottoming on the table tops out there. What kind of tire pressure are you running, can you drop it at all?
As for the woops, I'm just getting those figured out (well not too much yet) try this-instead of rolling on and off the throttle, try controlling your speed more with the clutch during the woops.
For some reason, I always hook up better at Watkins than I do at Berthoud-I think it's just that I've had more practice out there...
Posted February 04, 2003 - 01:29 PM
Posted February 04, 2003 - 01:57 PM
Yes, this was Berthoud. I didn't change tire pressure at all and not sure what its at right now. That could be a large part of the problem on the push. I will try feeding the power through the clutch, I never thought of that until very recently.
I have watched people hit the curves, but I keep missing how they maybe feeding the clutch through the turn. I see some lock the rear and skid around some tight turns and dump the clutch when they are headed in the right direction (steer with the rear). This last method really seems to be one that would only work with a 2 stroke power band that will yank that knobbie into a spin. Am I wrong on this? Can you use this method on a 4 stroke? Whats your opinion?
Posted February 05, 2003 - 06:03 AM