“Start out with lower pressures to learn, but you eventually have to get back to 32psi so you can turn,” he says.
Dave originally stunted for Yamaha on an R6, then a turbocharged MT-09 with 207 horsepower (154kW) which is featured in the video at the top of this page (not an MT-10 as subtitled by the video editor).
Next stunt bike will be a supercharged MT-10 with 250 horsepower (186kW) for drifting displays.
Apart from the turbo and supercharger, all bikes are standard, including engine internals, except for the usual stunt modifications such as a tank on the seat, 62-tooth rear sprocket, heavier clutch spring, hand-operated rear brakes and thumb throttle.
“I’ve not had one problem with any of them,” he says.
“I get them straight out of the crate and there is no run-in period; they so straight on full noise.
“The R6 is pretty flat with nothing until up the top, so I had to change my riding style for the MT bikes. The make the R6 feel like a dirt bike because there is so much more torque. Really punchy. Now I couldn’t go back.”
So what’s dave working on now?
“I’m always working on new stuff. It never ends,” he says.
“However, the next biggest thing that I’m working on is 360-degrees stoppies. I can do it in practice, but you are really on the limit and have to nail it. If I can get more consistent with that it would be cool.”
You will be able to see perform at the Newcastle Supermoto Championships in September and Melbourne Motorbike Expo in November.