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    Instructions For Riding A Motorcycle Part 2

    Ok, here we are , Part 2 of instructions for a Motorcycle. I’m sure everyone has Part 1 down cold, so let’s move right along. Motorcycles shift differently than cars even though they operate on the same principal. Shifting a motorcycle happens in the following manner. Here is the pattern : from NEUTRAL, 1st gear is down, then 2nd gear is up and so on until you get to 5th gear. Take note that there may be a 6th gear. Most motorcycles employ this pattern. It may take some of you a little time to get comfortable with finding neutral. Of course, you can look for the green “N” to show on the gauges.Please understand that while some motorcycles can be shifted without using the clutch, do yourself a favor, make a habit of using the clutch on each and every shift. And here is the marching order on how to make the shift. First, disengaged the clutch. Second, shift. Third, engage the clutch. As in a car, back off on the throttle when shifting. There is no reason to race the motor. If this all seems very complicated, don’t worry, when you are actually out there riding a motorcycle, it will all fall into place.

    Instructions For Starting To Ride A Motorcycle

    Well, what are you waiting for? Start it up! Oh, okay, I didn’t tell you yet. The motorcycle will not start unless the kill switch is in the ON position. The switch is usually a red switch that is located by your right thumb. Ok, now turn the key to the ignition position, generally to the right. At this point, most bikes will perform a self check, so if all of a sudden your gauges light up like a Christmas tree, don’t get excited. It’s normal. Now that the self check is complete, use your right thumb to push the start button. This is normally located below the kill switch and marked with a logo that looks like a circular arrow. Most bikes will force you to engage the clutch while starting. This is just a precaution that will prevent the possibility of the bike lunging forward because it is in gear. While holding the start button the motor will turn over and begin to run. Once the bike comes to life, take a deep breath and get ready to enjoy riding a motorcycle.

    And you thought getting instructions for riding a motorcycle was going to be quick and easy. Sorry, not if you want to learn the safe way. Always remember what we said at the beginning. You MUST RESPECT your motorcycle. Okay, you should know that any internal combustion engine will reach its’ peak performance after it is warmed up. This practice, as it pertains to cars, has all but vanished. However, it is in your best interest to warm up the motorcycle. When riding a motorcycle you will come to trust and reply on the immediate response you get when you accelerate. This is only going to happen if you warm up the bike. Make it a habit.

    You should know that today’s motorcycle will automatically shut off if the kick stand is still down when the motorcycle is put into gear. Should your bike not be equipped with this feature, be very sure that you kick it up and out of the way. If you do not, you could be putting yourself in harms way. In the event that you have a center stand, just rock the bike forward and it will retract. NOW, you are ready to ride a motorcycle!

    You have reached the point where you need to recall all the things you have learned and put them all together, step by step. Once you begin to move, congratulations, you have now received all the instructions for riding a motorcycle. See how easy it is? Well, maybe we should have discussed steering. What, you say? What do I need to know? I’ve been riding a bicycle since I was 6. Well, that’s what you came here for, wasn’t it? When traveling at over 10 mph, counter steering will turn the bike. In other words, lean to the right while pushing the right hand grip away from you. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? Try it! You will see that it does work. Oh, by the way, if you are going slower than 10m mph, use the handlebars just the way you thought you would. And remember, take things slow and easy. Things will seem easier and you will look like you know what you are doing, even as a beginner. So get out there, be safe and enjoy riding a motorcycle!

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