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Old 06-08-2007, 02:54 PM
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The four times I have ridden my 2001 YZ 125 I just relized that I was barley in the power band. And when I was in it it scared the crap out of me. Is there any way of getting used to the big hit of the power band? (besides putting a fly weight on it)
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:19 PM
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Keep riding. Give it time before you start changing things up. You'll get acclimated in time, there is no other fix.
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:39 PM
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The four times I have ridden my 2001 YZ 125 I just relized that I was barley in the power band. And when I was in it it scared the crap out of me. Is there any way of getting used to the big hit of the power band? (besides putting a fly weight on it)
if you really find you have a hard time adjusting you can either add a flywheel weight (which will smooth it out but take away accelleration and top end) for about $100, or have it bored to 144cc and ported (this adds a lot of low and mid without changing the top end so the hit does seem as hard) for $495.

I had my son's 96 yz125 bored to 133cc, it made a lot of difference in low end and hit but didn't take away from over all top end.

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Really?? In the magazine I have you can bore it out for like 800$! lol
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:25 PM
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You don't ride a magazine you ride a dirt bike. Ride more, read as necessary.

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I'm riding this Sunday
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it is $495 here Eric Gorr's Forward Motion - High Performance Dirt Bikes
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I'm riding this Sunday
Ride every chance you get and don't be afraid to ask questions of some of the other riders at the track. Pretty much all mx'ers like to share their knowledge and experience with beginners.(As long as you're not obnoxious or anything.) Your YZ is a little racehorse and you're figuring out you can't just jump on it and master it. Like I've mentioned a time or too before. Be patient and it will come to you.

BTW, I'm with some Texans on Sunday. YEEHAW!
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it is $495 here Eric Gorr's Forward Motion - High Performance Dirt Bikes
Wow!! The magazine I have must be a rip off



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Ride every chance you get and don't be afraid to ask questions of some of the other riders at the track. Pretty much all mx'ers like to share their knowledge and experience with beginners.(As long as you're not obnoxious or anything.) Your YZ is a little racehorse and you're figuring out you can't just jump on it and master it. Like I've mentioned a time or too before. Be patient and it will come to you.

BTW, I'm with some Texans on Sunday. YEEHAW!

This Sunday that is what I am gunna focuse on. Just stay in the high RPMs and pin it. Man a smooth four stroke would be nice, but I think I like the challenge and scream of a two
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two stroke or 4 stroke you will still have to use your head. I guess you don't like the idea of riding on something a little less challenging and easier to focus on the full throttle applications.
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Well I kinda like the feeling of my arms being ripped off but I just cant keep it up in corners. And it scares me
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Sounds like you are doing the right thing then.
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Well I kinda like the feeling of my arms being ripped off but I just cant keep it up in corners. And it scares me

Just remember, especially on a 125 2-stroke, the clutch is your friend. If you get too much throttle slip it a little to maintain control, if you bog in the corners slip it to get your revs back up.
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is there a way to find out where the power band is other than riding the bike that is? i'm gonna have to play the newbie card if that sounded like a ridiculous question.
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You could spend money for a dyno run but usually the actual feeling on the bike will be different from the power peaks shown on the dyno graph. Ride the bike and get the feel for the bike's power characteristics.

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Just remember, especially on a 125 2-stroke, the clutch is your friend. If you get too much throttle slip it a little to maintain control, if you bog in the corners slip it to get your revs back up.

I pretty much understand using the clutch in corners. But I hear you should use the clutch in more than just corners. If you are going on to a straight or some thing, why would you use the clutch?
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I pretty much understand using the clutch in corners. But I hear you should use the clutch in more than just corners. If you are going on to a straight or some thing, why would you use the clutch?
If you hit the power band too hard on slippery surface a little clutch can give you more traction.
If you are on the gas too hard in a rhythm section or after the whoops and need to let off, using the clutch instead will let you slow and still keep the engine from bogging, sometimes saving a shift. Very helpful in a rough section where you are squeezing the tank to keep from being bucked off and having a hard time moving your toe to the shift lever.
If you are in a big jump and the front end is too high hitting the back brake will bring it down, BUT if you do this without using the clutch first you will stall and crash.
If the front end comes up sliping the clutch a little will get it back down without dropping out of the power band. RC does this on his gate launches all the time. He actually keeps one finger on the clutch lever at all times when racing.
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