Hotfoot Posted August 6, 2013 Report Share Posted August 6, 2013 I recently got a nice reminder of the importance of good throttle control. I had a race practice day last weekend, and although my bike SEEMED to run fine, when I got out on the track I discovered a problem. I'd lean the bike over into a corner, then when I tried to roll on the gas the bike would sputter and surge - presumably due to a problem in the carb. Since I was hoping it would resolve itself after running a session or two with fresh gas (getting to the carb not easy on this machine), and it wasn't doing it in every corner, I decided to keep riding, and of course I was trying to run a pace close to my normal race pace. In 3 or 4 of the corners, I'd get to my turn point, enter at my normal speed (which often meant passing a larger heavier bike on the inside) then start my roll-on. The bike would hesitate, which was overloading the front and making it want to run wide, then surge forward, overloading the back tire, then sputter and hestitate again and overload the front. Holy cow! I was sliding the tires, rocking the suspension back and forth, and just generally trying to manage a very upset and unstable machine! I had to slow down significantly, and stop passing the big bikes in those corners, because at my normal pace I was really concerned I'd fall down or run off! I came to CSS as a student with very little riding experience (and no track experience) so I learned about good throttle control on day one, and never did a lot of rolling on-off the throttle mid-corner. Boy, was this a lesson for me! My bike had its own poor throttle control that day and I learned quite a bit about the bad effects of going on and off the gas in a turn. My suspension, which is nicely set up for me, suddenly seemed like an enemy and my super grippy race tires were sliding unexpectedly - front AND back - and ALL of my $10 of attention was abruptly shifted to the bike itself, and trying to manage the instability of it. I got a whole new perspective on throttle control! The carb is getting cleaned and checked this week - going to give it another try this weekend. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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