Posted March 23, 2003 - 04:33 PM
Posted March 23, 2003 - 05:06 PM
I also saw where some of you guys were talking about putting the rear where the clutch lever was, that brings up some interesting thoughts, you could brake slide into right hand corners and already have you're foot down because you would'nt have to use it to brake. Going through whoops you could ride the rear brake lightly without moving you're foot around. The possibilities are endless, I can also see me forgetting the the clutch lever is now the rear brake and just when I go to shift into fifth gear at 80mph slamming on the rear brake instead.
Posted March 24, 2003 - 05:34 AM
I just returned from three days of slickrock riding in Moab, Utah. If you haven't ridden slick rock you are definitely missing out. Moab provides a lot of very technical and very tight terrain. It's a trials' bike paradise. I definitely had an advantage over the other guys in my group because of the auto-clutch. I was able to navigate and climb stuff much easier with the auto-clutch since I was able to concentrate solely on throttle control and body positioning. If you're not very good with clutch control, you'll learn in a hurry at Moab.
If anyone's interested, here's some slickrock footage from this past weekend: Slick Rock Trail -- Moab, Utah
Posted March 24, 2003 - 06:00 AM
1. I have tried upshifting while on the gas and my WR450 WILL upshift but not downshift. I don't know how hard on the tranny this may be but I had to try it. I'm not going to ride it that way.
2. The bike will downshift the same as a bike without a auto-clutch. You will have to back out of the throttle (or blip the throttle) to downshift it if you're on the gas. If you're coasting down the hill (even under engine breaking at higher rpm's) it will downshift like normal. I have found the easiest way (for me) to downshift on steep hills is the "blip the throttle" technique.
3. I would think brake sliding under acceleration would not be an issue. In fact, I would tend to think it would be less prone to stalling than if you were to simply chop the throttle. I power-braked my WR a lot this weekend at Moab with the front and rear brakes on (to keep the rpm's up for climbing and jumping off ledges) and had no-stalling problems. I think Eric may be able to give you a better answer to this question though.
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Posted March 26, 2003 - 03:59 AM
We did get A LOT of nasty looks from the mtn. biking crowd and several made comments like "The motorcycle trail continues on over there" while pointing over a cliff. I took several flyers with me and posted them on the information board while I was there. The flyers contained information from the BLM website regarding motorcycle use on that trail. I highlighted the sections regarding motorcycles so they wouldn't overlook the information. Here's the link for your viewing pleasure. Skip to the Slick Rock Bike Trail section. Enjoy!!
Slick Rock Bike Trail Information
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