NO LAUNCH CONTROL? NO PROBLEM!
How to launch a bike by Bruce Dunn
“Launching a bike is a proper skill, and is a real eye-opening experience, even if you do it frequently. Big-capacity bikes are brilliant to launch because, while they do have a lot of power, they’re also long and low with plenty of low-down torque so you don’t need a lot of revs. “Engage first gear, pull in the clutch and release it slightly until you find the bite-point, then pull it back in a ‘On big bikes like the Diavel and Hayabusa you don’t need to slip the clutch at all’ few millimetres from there. Then hold the revs just below peak torque (if you can’t feel where that is, check the manufacturer spec for the relevant rpm). When it’s time to go, just concentrate on getting the clutch out quickly but smoothly. Obviously don’t ping it straight out, but on big bikes like the Diavel and Hayabusa you don’t need to slip the clutch at all. Once the clutch is out, pin the throttle and then get ready to change up another gear.”
‘Just a quick game of frogger, then we’ll get back to testing’