Tough Turning

I know my 450 is a big heavy and tall bike and I have given it a chance, but Im having a tough time dealing with it in the woods. I have dropped the forks and the preload is set right.

Has anyone tried the Reklus adjustable rake front axle or triple clamps with different geometry?I dont really see anyone else bitching about thier WR, so it must be me

I spent some time in the woods this weekend on my 400. I come from a lot of desert riding so it was a learning experience. Things that helped me. Get up on the tank- WAY up. Slow down for the corners and power out of them. Use your body and legs to get the bike leaned over. Those are the things I found helped me the most.

What model have you got and what tires are you running?

Weight the outside peg and climb up on the side of it - elbows up. My '03 responds to an aggressive style.

One thing that has really helped me is getting the bars (Pro Tapers with an adapter kit) rotated up/forward enough so the bar doesn't hit my leg when leaned far over.

Adding HS compression damping has also helped because the bike doesn't blow through the stroke as fast and the rear of the bike rides higher.

I know my 450 is a big heavy and tall bike and I have given it a chance, but Im having a tough time dealing with it in the woods. I have dropped the forks and the preload is set right.

Has anyone tried the Reklus adjustable rake front axle or triple clamps with different geometry?I dont really see anyone else bitching about thier WR, so it must be me

You should have got the WR 250, it is sweet in the tight stuff and seems more flickable than the 450. Try standing more.

i have absolutley no trouble on tight turns with my wr 400 f yamaha...turns like a beat!!!may be just because im huge..lol..6'5 and 220 pounds does help though..lol...if you need to make a really really tight corner just go at a corner straight slam the rear break and revv up the engine with the clutch in, then halfway through the turn i let out the clutch and my dirtbike pops up out of the lean and then im going along the way i just came...:blah: :blah: :blah:

Hey Maxpower, I've ridden two bike types with off-set triple clamps and in both cases they made a huge difference in the agility,you do sacrifice high speed stability(head shake),so if you have some high speed sections you might need a steering dampener.

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