NO LAUNCH CON­TROL? NO PROB­LEM!

How to launch a bike by Bruce Dunn

Motorcycle News (UK) - - MCN Garage -

“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’

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