Debi, on 08 October 2012 - 06:34 PM, said:
Yep, I have a Hydro clutch on my KTM and well no need for any more than one finger on my front brakes hehe. Yes I can do Stoppies on my bike with one finger when squeeze it hard
Remember "COUNTER STEER" with the bars
cause say you're going left you want to push on the left bar some or pull on the right bar some, not a ton just a little
Practice on one thing at a time
It's funny you mention to practice one thing at a time. Just before I read this reply, hubby and I were talking and he too said that I need to just pick one area on the loop and practice it over & over til I'm completely comfortable and it comes naturally.
That got me thinking, last weekend I did that somewhat, I just stuck to the main loop and avoided the woods and just worked on rolling on the throttle harder and waiting to brake and braking
harder, leaning in the corners, steady throttle, etc. I got better with each lap around and was going fairly strong on the straights in 3rd and even got into 4th once or twice. And then I got thinking about what you said about counter steering the bars, and I thought, yes, I was doing that last week but not this weekend. What changed? Oh yes, I was now trying to work on the tighter stuff that requires much more clutch control.
Then it hit me, that's the problem!
My left forearm and 2nd & 3rd fingers get really tight/cramped up after working the clutch. But it's not just affecting clutch control but my overall grip on the bars. I'm no longer counter steering the bars or even having near enough pressure on the bars cuz my hand/forearm are sore, and/or cramped & fatigued by the time I get back out the main loop. Makes sense then why when I get on the main loop and go to hit the throttle the front wheel gives way, I have no strength to hold it steady (the bars) or even counter steer as I should...
AND, next time around and into the wood I am now trying to regulate the bike with the throttle and brake more than the clutch and throttle, which ends up me riding more like a 4 stroke and lugging the bike in the tight stuff and getting frustrated. Couple that with my stubborness to keep going over the same area until I get through it and wearing myself out, instead of pacing myself and taking a break (as dear hubby kindly pointed out to me on the trails on Sunday). But in my mind, after riding 10-12 mile continuous trails, I think to myself I can't afford to keep taking a break to learn this stuff since you don't get the luxury of taking breaks on the trails - so I think I must keep going -
. Plus I am not winded tired, just arm geting sore/tired kind of tired, so I figure I'll be building more strength if I keep going and working the muscles....doh.
I now really think my riding would improve considerably if I just invest in an MSR
raptor clutch lever (boasts that it is 325% easier pull than a standard lever = sounds ideal for me). I found another thread on another site of a guy having similiar issues that were cured with replacing his clutch lever with the MSR one - he too was having issues of cramping in his hand/arm due to a stiff clutch pull on his KDX. So, some more changes will be coming to my bike, already got the piston kit, now on a mission to get the new clutch lever!
Thanks so much for your advice and helping me figure out what is going on....TT rocks! Thanks much Debi!!
Edited by leadfoot70ss, 09 October 2012 - 07:24 AM.