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2StrokeNoob
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PostPosted: 00:57 - 18 Jan 2018    Post subject: New to 2strokes, can anyone give me advice on riding? Reply with quote

Hi guys, sorry if I posted this in the wrong section.

I just got a street legal enduro, it's a KMX 125, it's not restricted and it's pretty nippy for what it is. I'm pretty much brand new to 2 strokes, I have always ridden a 4stroke, how do I need to adjust my riding style?

from what I understand I need to eliminate engine breaking, so that's what I've been doing, is there anything else? Sorry for being total noob XD

Any help appreciated, thanks
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thx1138
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PostPosted: 01:21 - 18 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

you need to look after that KMX 125 I used to have one and I loved it, and I'm jealous. I ride a 300cc 2 stroke Beta XT now.

Check it over, make sure it's in good working order, and not too buggered about with - most of them were thrashed to within an inch of their lives, and were then tinkered with to go faster. They are quick bikes once deristricted, and if you are on L plates, might be illegal

Have a look at the rear suspension, if it is original and in good order, chances are it hasn't been ridden roughly off road, if it has been replaced, might well be a cheaper non adjustable pattern part.

Personally I would use a decent synthetic 2 stroke oil, change the gear box oil as often as you are supposed to.

Er, yeah, you pretty much said it, engine braking is almost none. How much you need to adjust your riding style depends largely on your riding style. So, do you usually do what CBT derek told you to do, brake, brake, brake, brake, brake, select gear, shoulder checks, poodle round turning , change gear gently accelerate away. Or, do you go hacking towards a junction, cackling to yourself, and change gear at the last moment, and then slide in with your boot out? Cos you might come unstuck.

Sit right up forward, further up the saddle than you normally would, don't bother with engine braking, it is there - but it is almost non existent. If the brakes are set up correctly, it stops on a sixpence. Don't ride like a complete eejit and you won't flip it pulling away. They are nice easy bikes to ride to be honest.
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PostPosted: 09:30 - 18 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Throttle control is something 2 strokes need more finesse with, imho. Whereas a 4 banger you can whang it wide open and let the revs build, on a proper bike you'll end up choking it if you do that, you need to 'feed' it with the right amount of throttle to get the engine to pick up right.

There's waaaay more to it than that (highly dependent on what carb and pipes you have for a start) but that defines a major characteristic difference between diesels and real motorcycles.
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c_dug
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PostPosted: 09:57 - 18 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

More revs when pulling away is the biggest thing I notice when riding my Tuono 2T.

I'm used to fairly big 4 strokes though and so can pull away from tick over. The Tuono won't do that at all. Above 3K or it stalls.
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