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post #1 of 3 Old 06-12-2009, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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DOO question

I know this subject has been covered many times in here, but only now am I seriously considering it. I've had my '00 for about a month now and I don't like the way it runs..I'm sure it could be any number ot things, but will replacing the doo and spring make it shake less when accelerating? It feels like the things going to explode or seize up. Also, it seems to decelerate unnaturally when coasting in gear. I let off the gas, and no matter what gear/speed I'm at, it instantly and pretty significantly begins to slow down. Is this normal? hope not. This is my first bike and I'm technologically/mechanically challenged. Its got 8,000 miles on it.
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-12-2009, 08:56 PM
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Changing the doo can make the bike run a great deal smoother. As for the deceleration, it is typical of any vehicle with a manual transmission. You'll learn to adjust how much you let off the throttle to get the desired slow down.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-12-2009, 09:33 PM
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Agreed. Plus, "let off the gas" makes me think you are just letting the throttle go. Smooth on, smooth off. Kind of like the karate kid. If you just let go of the throttle you are going to decelerate quickly on any bike. Roll it on, and roll it off. "Coasting in gear" is not something you really do on a motorcycle like you would in a car. Once you get used to the relationship between shifting gear, feathering your clutch, and utilizing the clutch and throttle together, I think some of the problem will take care of itself.

Also, the shaking could very well be because you are lugging the bike. I have been riding for a while and I just got back from doing about an hour of practice in a parking lot. Just finding the right balances. It is not something that comes naturally to most people. You will ride as well as you prepare to ride. Since you are a new rider I would check out "Proficient Motorcycling" by Hough. Truly worth three times the price of the book.




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