Motorcycle Gears

Motorcycles are fantastic! There is very little that can compare to the feeling of blasting down the road with the wind in your hair and a sense of freedom. Riding a bike means focusing on the road and your machine; for a short period of time you will find yourself completely removed from the stresses of everyday life.

This is why the number of MotorbikeSales has increased so dramatically in the last few years. It is now estimated that there will be 1 million riders in Australia before 2020.

Of course, you need to be aware of how your bike works in order to ensure you are getting the most from it and it will continue to be reliable for you for years to come. It is also important to treat your bike well; this I particularly important when it comes to changing Motorcycle gears; this is something that you will do a lot and can add a lot of wear and tear to your bile.

Here’s how to change Motorcycle gears effortlessly:

Know Your Levers

The clutch is the lever in front of your grip on the left side of your bike. It looks just like a brake lever. You should already know the throttle is the grip on the right side. The gear lever is down by your left foot.

It clicks down once to go into first, then comes up into neutral before going up another 5 times to go through gears 2 to 6. It is possible that your bike will have fewer or even more gears but 6 is a common number.

Practice sitting on the bike and moving the levers through their various steps; this means releasing the throttle, pulling in the clutch and sliding the gear lever up or down depending on what gear you want.

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Now Start Your Bike

Start your motorbike up by bringing the clutch lever in and then pushing on the electric start button. You may need to turn the ignition system on first with the small red button on the handlebar.

The bike should fire up smoothly.

It is important to bring the clutch in to avoid starting in gear and the bike jumping forward. Most manufacturers make it impossible to start without the clutch being in.

Slide Into Gear

With the clutch in you can slide the gear lever downwards to put the bike into first.
You are now ready to gently ease the clutch out as you twist the throttle slightly. This will give the bike enough revs to prevent it from stalling as you move through the clutch biting point. The bike should start to move forward.

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Changing Gear

Once you’ve started rolling you’ll need to change through the other gears; according to the speed you’re doing.

Simply pull the clutch lever in as you release the throttle. Use your foot to move the gear lever into the right position and then slowly release the clutch while increasing the revs through the throttle.

Now all you need to do is practice and keep the lever movement steady, you’ll soon be flying up and down the gears.

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