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Old Dec 25th 2018, 06:58 PM   #1
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Launch Control - how to use?

I have never used the launch control, but I'd like to try it out. I do know how access and set it up, but I have questions on actually using it.

Do you slowly release the clutch to manage power, or do you literally just throw the lever?
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Old Dec 25th 2018, 07:00 PM   #2
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Manual says full throttle and slowly release the lever.
It's not a drag bike, do not dump the clutch unless you want to see the sky ground movie

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Old Dec 25th 2018, 07:04 PM   #3
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I presumed the bike would flip over if I just threw the lever...logic wouldn't allow me to think otherwise. I just wanted to hear from anyone who has used it
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Old Dec 25th 2018, 10:04 PM   #4
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From what I've seen they feather the clutch pretty sure the V4's have a slipper clutch in them.
But yeah dump the clutch with 10grand on the tacho the bike would just leap from under you go skyward and do the best to wreck itself big $'s.
Me I'll just put DWC to 7 DTC to grip and trust my experience launching the animal.
I once stared at the fuel cap on my VF1000R dumping the clutch in a friendly drag my friend next to me p*ssed himself laughing watching my feet trying to keep up.
It came down so hard it pushed the forks 4mm through the triple clamps and it had anti slide forks the tube below the clamps was a bigger diameter was a close squeek..

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Old Dec 30th 2018, 06:50 AM   #5
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Mentioned on another forum I think. There's a few videos on YouTube and one of them on a drag strip the guy is actually doing better manually than using the electronics.
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Old Dec 31st 2018, 08:36 PM   #6
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I did much better manually on the drag strip than with the launch control. If you dump the clutch too fast, the bike will just stall out. My 2 cents.
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Old Jan 1st 2019, 02:46 PM   #7
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I can't even pretend like I know how to launch the bike with the launch control. I thought it was something that I was doing wrong. Launch it much better manually.
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Old Jan 10th 2019, 02:39 AM   #8
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I went for a Sunday ride a couple of months ago and found a quiet straight bit of road out in the bush and thought I would give it a go. Well after 2 attempts and a look at the sky and change of underwear I thought I would leave the third attempt for another day after being given clear instruction from someone who has personally used it successfully. It must work or the racers wouldn’t use it when fighting for the first turn.
Keen to hear the facts from someone in the know

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Old Feb 25th 2019, 04:14 PM   #9
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ive tried it a few times and not going to lie its really hard on this bike, i had a 2017 R1 previously and the launch control on that was way easier to use successfully. so far ive tried level 1,2 and ive only got it to work once the other times the bike stalled out. but you def need to feather the clutch out DO NOT JUST DROP THE CLUTCH!!!! lol it seems to still be active even if you are below the point of the screen turning red and saying ready for launch
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Old Aug 28th 2019, 04:18 PM   #10
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For clarity, I still have to shift through the gears, correct? I truly don’t know what to expect the first time...
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