How to jump a thumper!
Posted July 08, 2003 - 05:46 AM
I have been riding for many years but the WR450 is my first four stroke. I must say that I love this bike - especially the motor. No more fanning the clutch like a mad man to control wheel spin.
However, there is one thing I have yet to master. I can't jump this beast! As an old 2-smoke rider, I used to always get on the throttle hard to compress the rear suspension. Then just as I would come of the jump, I'd let off the throttle so I could get that extra little hop as the rear suspension uncoiled.
Well, no surprise, but this is a recipe for disaster on a thumper from what I can tell. Whenever I try this, the front end nose dives - from the strong braking effect of the engine I assume.
So, what's the preferred technique to over come this?
Posted July 08, 2003 - 05:53 AM
And who said locomotives could not fly?
Posted July 08, 2003 - 03:15 PM
And I like to say 'Don't blip or you'll flip'.
On a 2-smoke you can 'blip' the throttle right at the peak of the takeoff ,and this helps keep the front end up.You might be able to do it on a 4-stroke in some situations but I would'nt rely on it.
Get Gary Baileys' 'How to Flow Like a Pro', and watch it over and over .Proper body positioning will save you a lot of jumping errors.
Posted July 09, 2003 - 05:17 AM
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