Posted February 15, 2003 - 11:22 AM
my XR was a slug, when it came to getting the front end up
Posted February 15, 2003 - 01:19 PM
Posted February 15, 2003 - 03:35 PM
Posted February 15, 2003 - 04:40 PM
There is too much snow at my riding area so the only place to ride is on the street. So i leave the cork in and try not to piss off the neibours
Posted February 15, 2003 - 04:51 PM
Based on my WR400 and 250 the Yamaha has a huge advatage over the old XRs. The balance point feels lower so you don't have to have the front wheel pointing straight up.
Also the rear brake is easier to modulate with the Yamaha. Only problem I have is when you bring it back down at 90 mph, you better have it straight, or be prepared for a scary tank-slapper.LOL.
Posted February 15, 2003 - 05:16 PM
Posted February 15, 2003 - 05:26 PM
my xr was a 96' and always in a good state of tune.
just from the short ride in the parking lot, the wr seems to rev a whole lot quicker than the xr. the reason i havent ridden the wr yet is because its 5 degrees here, and theres about 2 feet of snow in the woods where i ride.
Posted February 15, 2003 - 05:30 PM
Posted February 15, 2003 - 06:28 PM
Here is some advice. Get a small beater bike to practice on (your thoughts about not wanting to see your bike get wrecked are very well grounded). Start out in 1st gear, leaving feet DOWN (we used to call this cat walking) draggin beside the bike. Wheely this way until you are COMFORTABLE with finding the BALANCE POINT. If the bikefeels like it is goig over LET IT GO - thats why your using a beater!
Once you have the cat walk down (you should be able to 'cat walk" in circles before you start) start trying with your feet on the pegs!
After you get your balance point figured out thru FIRST GEAR try higher gears WITHOUT shifting to them on the back wheel (learn to bounce your bike up in the higher gears - if you do this, you will be able to wheelie ANYTHING - I have done it with GOLD WINGS!).
You will find that SPEED is really your friend on the back wheel. The gyro action of the spinning front wheel makes it surpisingly easy to ride HIGH speed wheelies.
Now to that shifting thought. I suggest that you learn this from first to second cause your gonna fall ALOT! DONT use the clutch, instead use your balance point to let the engine relax. When you are toward the end of the powerband of the motor allow the motor to relax and the front end to dip slightly, while the front is dipping shift into the next gear. When you do there will be a slight lift and this is where you apply fuel to brign it the rest of the way back into balance.
This all takes time but ALL of this is VERY functional for everyday riding! I use these skills EVERYTIME I take my dirtbike out and sometimes on my streetbike! You will be SHOCKED at how much easier obstacles will be to handle ON THE BACK WHEEL!!!!
Oh, by the way, remember that you can ALWAYS save an out-of-hand wheelie! Thats right, you really can - just touch the rear brake!
Hope this helps
Posted February 15, 2003 - 06:43 PM
Posted February 15, 2003 - 07:07 PM
Posted February 15, 2003 - 09:05 PM
and did you un-do the grey wire ? and and ......i'll think of something. lol.
Posted February 16, 2003 - 03:36 AM
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Posted February 17, 2003 - 05:44 AM
almost looped out in 5th gear yesterday, it never stops pulling