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Feathering clutch "technique"

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It's not about keeping the engine in the powerband, it's all about controlling smooth traction. Think from the tire contact patch down, not what's above it.

I learned a huge lesson when racing 125s. I was trying to master a flat, hardpacked turn by riding it again and again. At the end of the day my friend's dad offered that I could try their YZ125 - but cautioned that the clutch was slipping.

Yeah, it slipped quite a bit. And I got through that turn quicker and smoother on that dog of a bike, than I had all afternoon on mine.

Smoooooth is the keyword.

Of course you have to replace your tranny fluid often - on my KTM125 I replace it every ride. On my CRF450... I'm doing the same, every ride.

+sean

The clutch is about controlling power delivery. Thats why 250F's are better on hardpack tracks because they have less wheel spin then a 125. if you slip the clutch on a hardpack flat turn it'll slow the wheel down and prevent it from spinning, which will prevent it from sliding out. Becareful! :cry:

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