This guide will help you on how to drive a manual motorbike.
Things to consider when driving a manual motorbike. Before starting our main topic today, we should know a clutch is used to change the gears. By pulling the clutch, you are releasing the bike’s engine from its transmission, putting a bike in the neutral (N) mode and be ready to shift gears.
When you are driving, you first pull in a clutch with the left hand in order to shift gears and to disengage its rear wheel. Meanwhile, reduce its throttle to prevent your motorbike from jerking because you may have to re-engage its rear wheel. Next, continue your task by using a left foot to shift gears. Do not forget to feather its throttle with a right hand. This will help you much in keeping the bike’s transmission smooth.
How to drive a manual motorbike?
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Start the motorcycle at N (Downshifting at a Stop). The first step is to pull the clutch all the way in and shift gear down to 1st by your left foot and then release the clutch slowly until the bike moves and then accelerate gently.
- Note: Do not be in a hurry to release the clutch lever completely, continue to coordinate the throttle and the clutch until the motorcycle is moving. As the motorcycle increases speed, continue to ease the clutch lever out smoothly and slowly.
The rule to shift gears is to pull the clutch back, ease off the gas. Most motorcycles operate in a “1 down, 3 up” shifting pattern. Let the clutch out and engage the throttle again. Repeat this process to shift through higher gears.
Slowly riding: Shift gear down into 2nd and don’t forget to pull the clutch in and to use the brakes
When you want to stop, pull its clutch lever in and stay the throttle. Next, you should use the rear and front brakes slowly. Remember to use the left foot as it can steady your motorbike at the stop while keeping the right foot directly on the ground.
Challenges For A New Manual Rider
The hardest thing for beginners is to be familiar with clutching – gearing – accelerating steps. If you fail to do so, your motorbike’s engine will be easy to stop working. When you are used to them, the feeling of mastering these uncontrollable horses is a delusion. Whenever sitting up, you just want to surf.
Popular Mistakes When Driving A Manual Motorcycle
Stalling is a highly common mistake made by beginner motorcycle riders. All you need to do is master the clutch lever.
If you let the clutch out too soon will stall the bike or if you accelerate as soon as releasing the clutch a bit that causes the engine to roar and the motorcycle can’t move because of the clutch out not enough distance.
Or one reason to stall the bike is when you ride at the slow speed while you still put high gear. Or the bike is moving slowly as you forget to pull the clutch in, that stall the bike.
- Not Downshifting at a Stop
People often forget to downshift to N at a stop. And you’ll be in for a bit of a surprise if you still put the 1st or 2nd gear and release the clutch completely. The same, when you start the bike, always remember the bike is in the Neutral position. Ideally, you’ll have your clutch lever pulled in all the way as you brake to a complete stop, which will allow you to downshift seamlessly.
How To Driving A Manual Motorcycle Efficiently?
If you are a newbie, you may not avoid having the following questions:
Q: Which gear number for which speed?
- 0 – 10 km/h for 1st
- 10 – 30 km/h for 2nd
- 30 – 50 km/h for 3rd
- 50 – 80 km/h for 4th
Q: Do I need to pull the clutch in order to shift gear up to 4th?
A: Yes, Whenever you shift gear, you have to pull the clutch in all the way.
Q: Do I have to hold the clutch all the time?
A: No, this is a mistake many people make, when the bike is moving at a steady speed, you can release the clutch all, don’t pull it in a bit while riding, that damages the clutch plates.
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