Changing Motorcycle gears on a bike can be challenge. Practice is the key element in mastering this. The more you practice, the more muscle memory you build and the smoother your changing and thus ride will become.
Parts of a Motorcycle
There are three bike controls required in shifting smoothly; the clutch lever, gear shift lever, and the throttle.
The Clutch Lever:
The clutch lever is situated on the left side of the handlebar. It withdraws and draws the power from the engine to the back wheel. Using your left hand to squeeze the clutch lever completely disengages the power from the engine to the back wheel, preventing the motorcycle from moving forward regardless of how much you move on the throttle.
As you slowly release the clutch lever, you will experience the friction zone. “The friction what?” you may ask. The friction zone is the point when the clutch starts to transfer energy to the back wheel and bike starts to move forward. When finding the friction zone, we utilize minimal throttle roll-on. We’ll talk about the throttle in a minute.
The gear shift lever
The gear shift lever is situated on the lower left side of the motorbike. We use our left foot to change gears. The gear pattern is laid out with first gear at the base, followed by neutral, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and occasionally 6th gear. By sliding your left foot under the gear shift lever and lifting it upward, you change to a higher gear. Every click equals one gear.
You can simply find first gear by tapping the gear shift lever down until it won’t go any further. And, we are always in first when we stop, so we can get out of the route faster in case a driver naps off behind us and doesn’t stop in time.
So we should discuss the throttle for a bit. The throttle is situated on the right end of the handlebar. Rotating your right wrist towards you increases the amount of fuel you are pushing to the engine (rolling on the throttle). Rotating your wrist away from you feeds less fuel to the engine. Always start in a wrist level position. This keeps you from snatching a fist full of throttle. If you are not sure what “wrist level “resembles, simply lay your arm on a table before you, palm facing down. Now clench your fist without lifting your wrist. This is a “wrist level” position.
Hope these tips help you to ride better. Enjoy riding!