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This is a quick anatomy of a drift as now that I have a GoPro mount i can access my riding style, see what I can make better and enjoy my footage when I get too old to ride anymore! Notice that I have plenty of clearance from other riders as to not get unnecessarily get into any situations.
Firstly check myRPMs and noticed I have plenty of higher RPMs left for a drift. Second noticed I initiate the turn about the same time or earlier than throttling it so I don鈥檛 just gas it off the trail! Mostly important is the counter steering.. don鈥檛 under-steer it out... make sure your enough to recorrect not just enough to do it or you鈥檒l extend the rear too much to the side and be bummed. I also use thin gloves with lots of rubber on the throttle side of the glove for better throttle control.. why have thick leather gloves with no rubber that may get you in a wreck from lessened control 馃憤

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I wish I could currently show the video as it sounded and felt so killer to watch! If I ever get a computer (old one croaked), download apps and set up a cool video I will be amazed with myself 馃憤
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I amaze myself every day. Not always in a good way but I am amazing.
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It鈥檚 like doing a juicy burnout in your car.
You may think it鈥檚 the coolest thing ever, but everyone else could care less 馃槀
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Haha agreed! My problem is my other vehicle is a Subaru soooo... my drift will be on the KLR. I btw would sure like to see a bike in action on this site as there are way too many 鈥渉ey look at my bike on the edge of a paved road鈥 pictures! I like all pictures of a KLR btw but am just showing off a pic of actual 鈥渁ction鈥 馃憤
I amaze myself every day. Not always in a good way but I am amazing.
I wish I was amazing at computer app retrieving, editing abilities and GoPro video making:/ I got video on my GoPro of being in large barrels on a wave surfing , waist deep in Sierra snow, SUPaddleboarding 2 minute long waves etc and can鈥檛 process them off a SIM card haha at least I got it and oh one day I will do it! Probably when I鈥檓 too old to do any of the sports I record...
A klr will not drift on pavement, not even th sm edition. I do not call a foot or two of rear wheel steering an actual drift. You know like what flat trackers do.
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Haha agreed! My problem is my other vehicle is a Subaru soooo... my drift will be on the KLR. I btw would sure like to see a bike in action on this site as there are way too many 鈥渉ey look at my bike on the edge of a paved road鈥 pictures! I like all pictures of a KLR btw but am just showing off a pic of actual 鈥渁ction鈥 馃憤
I鈥檓 just bustin yer chops! 馃槢
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A klr will not drift on pavement, not even th sm edition. I do not call a foot or two of rear wheel steering an actual drift. You know like what flat trackers do.
I stand corrected then... so letting he back of bike slide out and then bringing it back is not drifting? I thought that was what it was called.... enlighten me with what it is so I can change thread name! Please also tell me what 鈥渞ear wheel steering鈥 is also 馃槀
I鈥檓 just bustin yer chops! 馃槢
Haha I get stoked on riding and sometimes I try to share my positive stoke to others a bit too much haha. I was so bummed I put the GoPro away that day because I had a fox cross my path right after I stopped videoing and also saw a crazy ATV go down a cliff! The person was ok and no one got hurt but this thing was WAY down the trail. I don鈥檛 mind 鈥渃hop busting鈥 haha as I do that a bit myself here when I see a funny weird thread!
This is the kind of drifting I used to do way back in the late 60's and early 70's.

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I stand corrected then... so letting he back of bike slide out and then bringing it back is not drifting? I thought that was what it was called.... enlighten me with what it is so I can change thread name! Please also tell me what 鈥渞ear wheel steering鈥 is also 馃槀
First i should not have sounded so critical. It is fun to slide the rear end around on any bike so I apologize for my tone. Drifting in my mind, which has been known to be wrong, is turning a corner as in changing the direction of travel all while spinning the rear tire "under power" while doing an extreme form of countersteering with the front wheel. The klr does not have the power to do that on pavement like I said. It will do mini drifts 馃ぃ on gravel or other low traction environments but if taken to the extreme will fall over due to low rpms/lack of power. Of course a super great rider may overcome those obstacles but only so far due to the nature of the beast. Same with donuts. The klr will not do tight donuts because of its weight and again lack of power to spin the wheel fast enough to not get too much traction. I broke a leg in january doing dirt bike stuff on the klr so maybe i am just gunshy at this point.

You steer with the rear wheel by first starting to change direction by braking causing a slide to begin and then apply lots of throttle continuing the slide. In drifting which a car can do you do not start the drift by braking but by beginning the turn then spinning the tires, then countersteering.



Keep having fun and drift away.
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This is the kind of drifting I used to do way back in the late 60's and early 70's.

I haven鈥檛 watched it yet but will 馃挴... heading into work. I get stoked up watching that type of riding! Although the KLR will never and should never be able to accept those angles one can still get a taste for a much 鈥渟maller鈥 angle and then correct it haha 馃憤
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First i should not have sounded so critical. It is fun to slide the rear end around on any bike so I apologize for my tone. Drifting in my mind, which has been known to be wrong, is turning a corner as in changing the direction of travel all while spinning the rear tire "under power" while doing an extreme form of countersteering with the front wheel. The klr does not have the power to do that on pavement like I said. It will do mini drifts 馃ぃ on gravel or other low traction environments but if taken to the extreme will fall over due to low rpms/lack of power. Of course a super great rider may overcome those obstacles but only so far due to the nature of the beast. Same with donuts. The klr will not do tight donuts because of its weight and again lack of power to spin the wheel fast enough to not get too much traction. I broke a leg in january doing dirt bike stuff on the klr so maybe i am just gunshy at this point.

Keep having fun and drift away.
DO NOT attempt on pavement and I would say especially not over gravel! Gulp that is a not something I would do but over the silty, soft falling terrain I do I don鈥檛 think twice about a 鈥渢hrottle ***鈥 at an angle... GoPro makes things look less btw gulp.... I liked the rpm in the pics and no Carpediem I don鈥檛 take offense to anything it just bounces off my thick skull! It wasn鈥檛 offensive and I accept it doesn鈥檛 look like much on stillshots off my GoPro... now a GoPro following me woulda been sick!
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The klr is very forgiving if you give it throttle at an angle on high traction roads as it will not spin the wheel and lowside you. I had a mach 3 in the day and you better be pointing straight when you twist the throttle. One of the main reasons i bought the klr at 67. I still like twisting the throttle lol. I mean it could brake traction at an extreme angle but you have more leeway than on a more powerful bike.
I stand corrected then... so letting he back of bike slide out and then bringing it back is not drifting? I thought that was what it was called.... enlighten me with what it is so I can change thread name! Please also tell me what 鈥渞ear wheel steering鈥 is also 馃槀
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