I start in first and feather out the clutch. Even before the mods, i would start out in first. I actually just picked up a slick for the drag strip (michelin pilot drag) and hopefully will be going back up soon to run again and hopefully get into the 10's. I might try to start in 2nd and see how it feels, but i still prefer 1st.Joe I got a question for ya. Do you take off in second? I have heard some people talk about that. Me, I use first, kinda ride the clutch a little, then let it all go. I'm only on a 600, so I'm not real worried about flipping back. I give it all she has. I don't lower mine neither, it's all stock.
I'm glad you brought that up. Launching at the track is lots tougher than the street. On the street most bikes will spin. At the track, they carry the front.You can still flip backwards on a 600 just as easily. I've almost done it a few times launching to hard and high on the RPM's. Be careful and lean on the tank. Just keep practicing. I'm nowhere near awsome at drag racing, but you will learn from your mistakes to imporve yourself.
I agree, thats why Ricky Gadson is so fast, he launches @ max torque rpm. And starting in 2nd gear, NO.All I have to say is that anyone that tells you to leave in second is an idiot, you gain nothing from it, also when it comes to drag racing leaving at peak torque, and feathering the clutch is the best possible way to launch. Just remember that with a bike the launch is the hardest part but also the most rewarding for e.t.
I can attest to that, i run the same s#!tty 1.8's strapped or not.. i took the straps off cuz they did nothign for my Et's.beleive me, if your running 1.9 or 2.0 sixty foot times then strapping down the front end isnt going to help and is not the problem.....,,,,,,
ya, its not that strapping the front end down or softening up the rear suspension "wont" help you launch cause it will,,,,its just that if your running 2.0 sixty foot times then your not launching correctly and using the tweaks arent going to make you automaticly run 1.6's, ....I think i said what i mean correctly..:readng:I can attest to that, i run the same s#!tty 1.8's strapped or not.. i took the straps off cuz they did nothign for my Et's.
I would still say that a soft rear set up will help a beginner at the strip. I know thats the one change that made a big difference in my times.