You got it right, its all about clutch and throttle control. Feathering is a racing term for essentially slipping the clutchor in the case of drag cars "dancing" with the throttle to stay on the edge of traction.tripleTUNE said:Hey TexasR6, you've used the term "feathering" before. Can you explain it to a noob like me? What I have in my head is that it is a clutch control thing so you're not popping it all the way in or all the way out.
damn two. couldnt said it better. i have been to the strip afew times. and too little rpm was my problem.TWOtheONE said:This is how i launch....
1) Pull in clutch, put bike in 1st gear. I also launch with my left foot on the peg, so i am already ready to shift...
2) Let clutch out until you feel it start to grab
3) Pull clutch back in a hair (you should be physically holding the bike from creeping foward)
4) I launch at about 11k rpm, but whatever you feel comfortable with
5) Keep throttle constant
6) Feather clutch out (DO NOT DUMP IT) ... slowly let the clutch out...remember the point where the clutch was starting to engage? just after that point is what you are looking for...at least me.
7) control the height of the front wheel with the clutch - do not back off the throttle...if the front wheel is coming up too much, pull in the clutch a little
8) as clutch is slowly let all the way out, you are rolling on the throttle
but that is just me...i hear drag racers launch at a lower RPM, i am still trying to figure out why....