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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-19-2004, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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help! my launch sucks

i've only put about 800 miles on my r1. and i can't keep that front wheel down. i can't get out of first fast enough without my wheel coming up. i have a little trouble in 2nd gear but if i can keep my weight far enough forward i should be able to keep that down. but as far as first, it owns me. any suggestions?
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use less throttle.

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feather the clutch more
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extended swing arm? wheelie bar? buy a 600? don't dump the clutch? pick your poison.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-2004, 01:13 AM
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Hell in first a newer 600 jumps up like a rabbit and doesn't go down to easy under power.
The swing arm will work a 3 inch would do for a 1k. Or slip the clutch more, lay on the tank and hang on!
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First, make sure you have a steering damper. I used to drag race a lot. Since I got the R1 I don't anymore. The bike is just not set up for it. It's darn near impossible to launch without the front end coming up. The only thing you can do is practice a little self contron and use less throttle. Believe me it's hard to get used it. My GSXR 750 had a 2" stretch and launched a lot harder than my R1 can. It feels funny with a more powerful bike that can't get off the line as fast, however I don't wanna end up on my back either.

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Ya the R1 is not a drag bike. that bike was setup for turning not launching. If you wanna launch it lower it, strap the front and extend the arm.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-2004, 09:15 AM
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Strap the front and bump the rear tire pressure 2 lbs at a time. I can use tire pressure/traction to control wheelies. Higher pressure will mean more top end also.
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