Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Central Indiana
I've done some of the mods and such, which helped a little bit, but what REALLY helped me is learning to use the friction zone of the clutch properly. This is an inherent nature of fuel injection and if you don't use the friction zone in slow speed situations, you will always have a certain amount of it. At low speed/low rpm, I ALWAYS give a little clutch to smooth out the transition from "off to on" and have eliminated that awful sudden jerk. Some think that riding in the friction zone of the clutch will damage it (I used to be one of those people!!), but these clutches are designed to work that way. In other words, it is a clutch that is designed to slip, and at low speed/low rpm, you control the speed of the bike with the clutch, not the throttle. This is something they teach in the Basic Rider Course, but they may not stress it enough. In the Advanced Rider Course, they stress it a little more, and it would be difficult, if not impossible, to pass the course without utilizing the clutch friction zone. I used to hate navigating parking lots because the "on or off" nature of the throttle, but now I can whip into any parking lot at any speed and speed up/slow down smooth as silk. Since I learned the friction zone, riding has become even more enjoyable, and I look for tricky parking lots because it so much fun!