In this article, we will be helping you learn how to ride a motorcycle. There are a few basic things to know before you start. We will make sure that you know all the basics before you get to drive your dream motorcycle.
Before we start with the checklist, please make sure that all the parts and engines of the motorcycle are in perfect working order. Also, before you start off with your bike, do prepare yourself with some safety gear. Buy a good-looking helmet, and you can always be safe and stylish at the same time.
After you have checked that, we will start off with the list:
1. Learn To Mount The Bike.
First and foremost, you have to learn to mount the bike. For the first couple of times, you might feel a bit awkward, but with practice you will be mounting it exactly as they show in advertisements.
While kicking your leg high up and turning it over, do it high enough to avoid getting caught in the back handle.
Once you have got on the bike, don’t start right away. Make sure to notice the placement of your legs, the control buttons, the turn signals, and the horns. Adjust the side-mirrors to your convenience.
2. Acceleration And Brakes
By now you might have noticed that your right hand will be controlling the acceleration and braking; two of the most important functions.
Do not twist the throttle too hard, or the bike might leave the pavement. Just a little twist in enough. Sometimes twisting too hard leads the engine to be unstable.
The same precaution goes for the front brakes too. Make sure not to twist it too hard, as it will lock the front brakes, resulting in skidding. This is one of the major reasons why accidents occur.
Always apply the rear brakes gently, and then gradually move to the front brake to stop smoothly. Also, this depends on the bike you are riding. If it’s a sports bike, using the front brake is enough, and if it’s a heavy cruiser, then the rear brakes are enough.
Your left hand will be operating the clutch part. If you are squeezing the clutch gear, it means you are putting the bike in neutral, and if you are letting it go, then it means you are engaging the engine and transmission. Practice handling the clutch slowly and gradually, it will turn into a reflex.
You use the motorcycle shift by moving a lever up or down with your left foot. The typical shift pattern of “one down, five up” goes like this:
- Sixth gear
- Fifth gear
- Fourth gear
- Third gear
- Second gear
- First gear
The process is fairly simple. And it takes a bit of practice. Disengage the clutch, shift the gear, and slowly engage the clutch. Make sure not to over-rev the gear and always use shift before you get the engine too worked up.
5. Starting And Warming Up The Engine
Before starting the bike, make sure it’s in neutral. Some bikes already come with the feature of not allowing you to move the bike if it is in gear. This is a preventive feature so that the bike does not lurch forward accidentally.
The warming up of bikes has become quite obsolete with all the modern technology. However, sometimes it is very much required. If it’s a new motorcycle then you definitely have to make this a ritual.
Warming up will also ensure that the engine will provide smooth, consistent power. Also, make sure to warm up the engine if there is ambient temperature, engine displacement, and oil capacity.
6. Kickstand and Centre Stand
Usually, most bikes do not start off if the kickstand is down. However, if this feature isn’t available, then do make sure to retract the kickstand by kicking it up with your left foot, then tucking it in the underbody of the bike. This is very important for safety.
The centre stand helps the bike to rock forward. For this, you have to stand to the left of the bike, and put your left hand on the left handle and straighten the front tire.
After that, put your right foot on the center stand’s tang and then flush it on the ground. Finally, push the bike gently forward. You should hear a click and pop sound. This indicates that you have successfully put the centre stand.
7. Riding and Steering
Finally, now it’s time to ride the bike! Pull the clutch lever, press the shifter down to first gear, and then release the clutch slowly. Gently twist the throttle while the bike gains forward momentum and put your feet up on the pegs.
One of the most important things to know is how to maneuver your motorcycle with a very smooth touch and gradual input.
Have A Good Drive!
Bike riding will take a lot of practice, and there will be a lot of hiccups on the way, but do not lose hope. After a lot of failures, there will be success. Also, you learn from your mistakes. At least you are over with the first step to learn how to ride a motorcycle.
Make sure to care for your motorcycle like your own pet. You can also buy a good-looking cover to keep it safe from dust and rain.
Motorcycles are engines so you need to oil them up regularly. If you are a heavy rider, make sure to send it to a professional mechanic frequently for checkups. After every 2-3 years, change the parts for better ones. This will make the bike run efficiently for a very long time. Also, take note of the company of petrol, and then use that only.