Hey, I've got a DRZ 450 and wanted to get the bike set-up for some gymkhana riding. What should I do as far as setup, suspension (softer/harder), tire pressures (higher/lower), etc...
for example this is what I'm talking about...
There's an M Gymkhana (http://m-gymkhana.com
) event coming up in Feb. that I want to ride at and wanted to get a nice setup.
check your pressure. drop it 2-3 lbs so they will heat up more. if that doesn't help with heat, drop a couple more lbs. find what feels good and record that as 'gk pressure' somewhere.
suspension? I like my forks raised in the triples about 3/4". it turns very quickly, and most folks can't stand how twitchy it is when they try mine. is a drz:s with mags, and I like it.
I wouldn't change the suspending pieces at all other than the triple heights.
I will suggest a gearing change though. the 'e' gearing of 14/47 works fantastically at gymkhana. the gp8 is a breeze when you only need heavy throttle, heavy brake, and no clutch work! I don't remember what my fastest was last year, but 29.468" comes to mind
and that's dog show compared to the FAST guys in Japan! :what::what::what:
bleed your brakes! fresh fluid! you'll cook the water and lock a piston doing this stuff if you're trying to be quick!
I'm rely happy to see your interest in gk. we have a lot of fun with smaller weekly events here in Birmingham, and put on 2-3 full blown deals yearly. the next will be in March.
wear your gear and rock out !