In the previous blog, we talked about some of the basic parts that we see in a motorcycle. Now that we are familiar with the controls, it’s time to get on the motorcycle, and start riding it.
Caution: Riding a motorcycle could be dangerous especially as a beginner. Before you start riding, make sure you are equipped with safety gear, especially with a certified Helmet; also you need to give a thorough inspection to your motorcycle, to make sure that it is in good condition. Since you might not have a valid license to ride on roads, it is suggested that you practice in empty spaces, which have lesser traffic to avoid any kind of injuries or accidents.
If you happen to be a beginner then this blog might help you on how to start riding a motorcycle. However a lot of practice on an actual motorcycle is also needed to turn yourself into a confident rider.
Below are the few steps that you’ll need to follow.
Step 1: Get on the Motorcycle.
The first and the foremost step is to sit on the Motorcycle, and get over the controls. Pull back the stand and get ready to start. Also check on your battery and fuel before you start.
Step 2: Insert the key into the ignition, and turn it towards the ON position.
Once you insert the key and turn it on, you see your dashboard light up, that indicates that the motorcycle is started. It is also essential to make sure the kill switch is off, as the dashboard will not light up if it is on. If these things are okay then you’re good to move into the next step.
Step 3: Change the gear shifter to neutral.
Normally a motorcycle may have either 5 or 6 gear lever. Neutral is between the first and the second gear. However different motorcycles may have different gear systems. To start the motorcycle it is essential to bring the gear to neutral. In order to change the gear into neutral, pull the clutch lever and press the gear shifter downwards or upward with the help of your left foot depending on which gear level the motorcycle is resting on. You’ll notice a green indicator light (N) turning on. This symbolizes that your motorcycle is in neural gear now.
Step 4: Switch on the Ignition.
Press the start button, usually located on the right hand side and release it as soon as you hear the sound of the engine. If your motorcycle was unable to start try using the throttle while pressing the start button. If you have successfully completed these steps then you’re halfway through.
Step 5: Balance between Clutch and Acceleration.
To start the motorcycle you need the gear in neutral position whereas when you actually need to move the motorcycle the first thing you need to do is bring back the gear shifter to the first gear. Now it is time to release the clutch and slowly twist the throttles. You’ll see the motorcycle starts to move. Slowly balance the motorcycle, with proper ration of clutch and acceleration. Also don’t forget to put your foot on the foot pegs, it will help you to get a proper balance on your motorcycle.
Note: It is important to maintain a proper ratio of the Clutch and Acceleration. If the ratio is high it may overpower the motorcycle that may lead to accidents or injuries while a lower ratio may not let the motorcycle to start. Hence a balanced ratio of both is required.
Step 6: Changing the gear shifter.
More importantly as you ride there might be a need to change the gear from first to second and higher, once you have taken enough speed. You can change the gear by pulling the clutch, releasing the throttle and moving the gear shifter with the help of your toe. Now release the clutch slowly and gradually accelerate.
(Note that you don’t shift the gear to neutral)
As a beginner, you might stall at times and that’s completely fine. No one can be a perfect rider in the first go itself. All you need to do is repeat the above steps and keep on practicing. Learning to ride a motorcycle needs a lot of effort and attention. Make sure you give yourself a lot of time and are equipped with safety gears as people tend to forget that safety is equally important in the process of learning as it is when you drive on roads. And drive on the road only after getting a valid license
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