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Old 09-19-2004, 11:01 AM
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Hello, I was hoping someone could help me out and tell me what do people mean when they say " are you getting on the pipe" ? I dont realy understand what that means.
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Old 09-19-2004, 11:19 AM
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When your in the powerband.
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Old 09-19-2004, 12:43 PM
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I ride a 4 stroke so getting on the pipe doesn't really apply to me. However, I have a couple of small two strokes and I've experienced the "getting on the pipe".

When the exhaust gases are going through the exhaust pipe, pressure is being built up. That's where feathering the clutch comes in to play. You want to have the pressure constant or as smooth as possible so the built up gases are flowing. In other words, you have to twist the throttle a little so you'll have that pressure. Don't go all the way to zero, then the pressure will not be there and you'll have to build it up again before you get into the "powerband". That is where your throttle will be a little empty, choppy or unpredicatable until you get it "piped". This is something that 2-stroke riders have experience with and miss when they are riding a 4-stroke. I believe that is the way it has been explained to me before and how I have experienced it. There are some experts here on ATM that could tell you more.
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Old 09-19-2004, 02:41 PM
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Default Re: "Getting on the pipe"

I guess to put it more simply, it is the RPM at which the motor makes the most power.
For a 2-stroke, this is usually at the upper RPMs.

When you are "on the pipe", you are in the RPM range that makes the most power. This is also known as the "powerband".

2-strokes have a very noticeable "hit" where the power can come on quite violently, and catch you off-guard if you are not ready for it.
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Old 09-19-2004, 04:54 PM
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SIC, thanks guys for helping me to understand this!
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Old 09-19-2004, 06:34 PM
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Also, when you "get on the pipe" you will be able to notice a destinctly different exhaust note being resinated through the pipe. If you know what to listen for, you know what im talking about.
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