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Old 01-13-2006, 02:38 PM
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I'm sure we all have been told to work the clutch rather than the throttle when launching off the gate for a moto. Keep the throttle pinned and just pull the clutch in a little if you feel the front wheel coming up. Easy!
Well, no, not at first! It takes repetition and mental conversation with yourself! Just when I think I've got this down, I fail to remind myself of it just before the gate drops and I lose several positions when I let off the throttle. STAY ON THE GAS! Just remind yourself to pull slightly on the clutch when you start to wheelie! Finesse is the key! This is the difference between starting up front or back in the pack.
Well, unless you're on a 250F in a class of 450's like myself. I usually get a midpack start and am happy with it. Whatever class you race, just remember to work the clutch and keep the throttle wide open!
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Old 01-13-2006, 03:40 PM
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Good tip David.

I've found to keep it 3/4 - WFO and monitor the power with the clutch. At least with a 125 this works. It could turn into a bit of a wild ride on a 450 or so!
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Old 01-13-2006, 06:34 PM
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dont forget to keep your weight forward also. easy way to get off the gate better, adjust the clutch lever where it almost reaches the bars before it engages. i normally had about 1" to 3/4" before mine got to the bars. it worked real good for me cause it forces you to learn how to use it faster. the more you leave it loose, the faster it will burn it out. so you have to learn to work it.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:01 AM
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alot of the pro's in australia pretty much start on the tank and lean back to get the nescesary drive.....u also have to make sure the bike is perfectly straight and the right leg be on the ground firm infront of the foot peg and the left leg planted on the peg under the gear shifter...... proven results mate......best hole shotter in australia uses this as for throttle everyone starts with it flat out the key is to get traction off the start then wind it on (maybe using clutch to keep it from tippen u over the back) its throttle contorl mate cheers
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:46 AM
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dont forget to keep your weight forward also. easy way to get off the gate better, adjust the clutch lever where it almost reaches the bars before it engages. i normally had about 1" to 3/4" before mine got to the bars. it worked real good for me cause it forces you to learn how to use it faster. the more you leave it loose, the faster it will burn it out. so you have to learn to work it.


Also, to reduce the engagment time of the clutch, you can keep it at the point where it starts to lurch forward but keep a finger on front brake to keep the bike still until the gate drops
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Old 01-14-2006, 03:32 AM
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yea i forgot that Geoff. i remember doing that a ton! but then i got to a point where i would hold my back brake to a point where i would roll a little then push a bit more. so i was slipping the clutch, holding back brake, and WFO as far as i could push the throttle past the grips thats how i would get off the line first. i would let them all go at once. x-cept the gas any-who LOL even though it is different on a quad, i think that using the rear brake would be better for someone just learning. if you let the clutch out to much while pinned and holding front brake, the nose still may come up and then get stuck in gate. but thats why we must practice till its beer 30 LMAO
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Back when I raced, I would keep my right leg on the ground and have my left leg up ready to shift. But now when I watch races, it seems most guys have both feet on the ground before they launch. I guess its all just preference.
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Old 01-17-2006, 12:14 AM
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i think that is because most racers who spend the money, have the holeshot device. this has been a major change in technology over the past few years. now they can just sh#t and get! 2nd gear starts are becoming more and more popular. but since most everyone is on 450's now (the pro's), they could almost stay in first gear all the way to the HS. i cant remember who it was, but at pheonix, he said he was in first gear the whole race. i wish i could remember who this sucks....dang it... i do know he was on a back up bike.
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Old 01-25-2006, 09:54 PM
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when im on the line, i let the clutch out to the point where the bike just barely starts to lurch with the throttle about 3/4 open then i hold it there till the light or the flag drops. it usually doesn't wheelie but if it does i just right it out till the first turn,but i just race short track and it almost always works for me. i'm usually in the top 3 by first corner the rest of the race is different for me(haha), and i ride a 450. you'll just have to try it
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Old 02-09-2006, 05:40 PM
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just use a single gate setup and practice have a friend pull the string =) helps alot. everyones style is different some stuff works better for others.
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