What kind of trails or riding does eveyone do?
Posted August 25, 2003 - 08:11 AM
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Posted August 25, 2003 - 05:40 PM
click on the link in my sig...
jim aka the wrooster
Posted August 25, 2003 - 05:47 PM
I know one thing, you better respect it! And I do.
You hit the nail right on the head. With this much power available the throttle can be your best friend or your worst enemy! The bike can be way down the trail (or off it in the bushes) in a hurry. If you don't already, learn to ride with at least one finger on your clutch lever at all times. In a panic most people squeeze the bars and if your not on the clutch its almost impossible to unclench your fingers and pull in the clutch lever in time to avoid that huge tree or rock. This has saved me countless times, unfortunately I took many trips off the trail until I got used to covering the clutch.
My first real trail ride was the CCC of Michigan Color Tour in 2001 and it was when I learned to cover the clutch and respect the power of the bike. I wound up snapping my handlebar off right past the clutch lever. I stupidly grabbed the front brake coming down a little 12" ledge, almost went over forward, as the rear came back down I accidentally applied lots of throttle and the bike was dancing on the rear wheel about 6 feet in front of me, got itself airborne and landed on the end of the bar. Luckily I was 1/8th of a mile from a major road. I got a ride back to camp, made it to the local dealer with about 30 seconds to spare, bought a bar, did the change by lantern light later that night in 35degF while it was sleeting and rode the next day. Rides since then have been less eventfull.
Posted August 25, 2003 - 05:51 PM
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Posted August 26, 2003 - 07:01 AM
And ride to get used to the awesome power of that 4 stroke
Posted August 26, 2003 - 07:10 AM
I ride every possible kind of terrain you can think of short of a MX Track. Not that it isn't capable I just haven't ridden one.
I have found raising my forks and going up 2 teeth in back sprocket helped with the tight stuff. I used the same chain but had to push my rear wheel forward to accomadate the bigger sprocket. Like Cisco said above, you will get faster and better with more practice. I am still slow... but a lot faster than 1 year ago.
Posted August 26, 2003 - 08:23 AM
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Posted August 26, 2003 - 12:30 PM
I ride everything but there are times when this bike is a handful for me. Mostly because I'm vertically challenged. I did pull the forks up 10mm and set the sag and those two things helped me a lot. It rails in the corners but I do notice a little head shake in the deep sand.
I'm going to try some softer front fork springs that I bought to soften up the bike a little more. Right now, it's pretty damned stiff in the nasty rocky sections.
Posted August 26, 2003 - 08:12 PM
i love the tight rocky technical stuff. that is what i learned to ride on. So i dont have alot of trouble on it. You just need to practice that stuff like the guy before me said.
So do we!
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Posted August 28, 2003 - 05:27 AM
Really helped in the tight stuff.
Posted August 28, 2003 - 05:57 AM
If I got a smaller bike it would suck on the open stuff.
You can't have it all I guess.
Posted August 28, 2003 - 06:43 AM