If you’re reading this blog, then it obviously means that you are one of them who are keen to learn riding a motorcycle. We will be help to on how to ride a motorcycle, with a quick series of blogs, which is sub divided into 5 parts. We start with this blog i.e. Part 1, which will let you know about the basic parts of a motorcycle.
The very first thing that you see in front of you, while you’re seated in the motorcycle is the Dashboard. All the information like the calculation of the speed in which the bike is moving is shown by speedometer and odometer that shows the number of miles the motorcycle has already covered; are the main components of a Dashboard. Along with it, some of the motorcycle also features gear position indicator, average mileage, fuel, average distance covered on last start etc. on their dashboard to make your rides more convenient.
The two handles located on each side called the Handlebars are used to control the motorcycle and move it accordingly towards the direction you want to move. There are rubber grips on the handles, so that the rider can hold on the handle comfortably (Handle Grip).
On the right handle bar we have throttle, which will be used to accelerate your motorcycle. You will notice a small button just below the throttle that is the start button which needs to be turned on in order to start your motorcycle. A detail view on how to ride a motorcycle shall be discussed in our next blog. The front brakes are also towards the right side of Handlebar.
While on the left hand side you see just a handle that doesn’t twists like the throttle, but a separate lever near it helps you to apply Clutch.
On the same side you’ll find the basic indicators, horns, pass light etc., which can be easily accessed.
The side mirror also known as Rear View Mirror on both sides gives a clear view to the rider of what is going on behind and helps to correct the positions of your motorcycle accordingly.
Next, going down towards the place where you keep your feet, we can find the gear change lever on the left. You change gear with the help of the foot, but don’t forget that you need to pull your lever clutch which is situated in the left side of your handlebar in order to shift the gear change lever. To change the gear from neutral to first, push it downwards, and from first gear you change into higher gear by shifting it upwards.
On the same side we find a stand, when the motorcycle is not in motion and is in a still position, Kickstand helps the motorcycle to hold it upright so that the motorcycle doesn’t fall off.
Instead of a gear lever, on the right side we find a brake lever, basically known as Rear Brakes. Brakes are essential to stop the bike. Both the brakes i.e. rear and front allow the riders to slow down the speed in varying proportion, according to the condition of the road.
Now, just in front of where you sit and right under the instrumental cluster i.e. dashboard, you’ll see a fuel tank to store the fuel for your motorcycle i.e. food of the vehicle.
Also to provide a proper view of the road to the rider, especially in the dark, there is a head light, located just in front of the bike. On the either side, you can find the side indicators which are controlled via switch that you can find in the left side of your handle bar.
Battery and Engine are like the soul and heart of the Motorcycle. The battery provides power to start the motorcycle and pumps energy to it. Without battery the motorcycle cannot function. Like for humans we need heart to live, similarly for motorcycle we need engine. It is through engines that power is generated and motorcycles actually works.
All these were the basic part which helps to run a motorcycle. Each of these parts contributes to a comfortable and safe ride. Therefore, it is essential for you to know about each one of them in better way so you don’t confuse yourself regarding their functionality in between of your rides.
Next Blog: How to Start Riding a Motorcycle.
Blog by: Kritika Poddar