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In this video will show you how to change
gears on a motorcycle. Changing gears on a motorcycle is a 5 part
process, but as you’ll see, it all happens in less than a second. Motorcycle gearboxes are sequential – you
need to shift through each gear unlike a manual car where you can skip gears. So, starting in 1st, you go into 2nd, 3rd,
4th, 5th and then 6th. Backwards is 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st. Neutral sits between 1st and 2nd. To shift into neutral from 1st, it’s just
a half push up on the selector instead of a full push. And again a half push down from 2nd to neutral. A full push to get out of either direction. To push the gear selector up or down, you
need to pull in the clutch lever, also known as disengaging the clutch. While at speed, you need to roll off the throttle
to unload the drive train and then pull in the clutch lever, allowing you to push up or down on the gear
selector. So the 5 parts of changing gears are – Rolling of the throttle to unload the drive
train – Pulling in the clutch lever, or disengaging
the clutch – Pushing up or down on the gear selector
to change gears – Releasing the clutch lever or reengaging
the clutch while – Rolling back on the throttle if you’re
accelerating. Let’s look at it happening all at once. Note how rolling off the throttle, pulling
in the clutch lever and changing gear looks to all happen nearly at the same time. When
riding at speed this becomes even more apparent. Let’s watch it again at half speed. You roll off the throttle just before you
pull the clutch in. Similarly, you roll back on the throttle just
as the clutch is being released. Note the foot comes up to change gear only
when you need to change the gear. It doesn’t sit under the selector as doing
so puts undue strain on your gearbox and also strains your foot. The only difference with downshifting is that
you usually downshift when you’re slowing down so you don’t need to immediately roll back
on the throttle. You may instead be holding the front brake
lever. Looking at it on the road, you’ll note that
the actual time it takes to shift gears is even quicker. There’s very little movement from the rider
other than a slight twist of the right wrist to roll off the throttle And the fingers on the left hand pulling in
and releasing the clutch. Here’s another view. Note the time it takes a shift to occur – probably
about 3 or 4 tenths of a second. Clutch in – Off Throttle – Shift – Clutch
out – On Throttle This view shows the movement of the foot. The foot comes up just before the clutch lever
is pulled in. There’s no need to push on the selector until you’re ready to change
gears. A final look, this time downshifting and coming
to a stop. See here how the right hand is staying off
the throttle and is also pulling in the front brake lever. When you come to a stop, you should have the
clutch in and you should be in first gear. Never stop with the bike in neutral. You should always be in gear in case of an
emergency.

11 thoughts on “How to Change Gears on a Motorcycle – Shift Gears on a Motorbike

  1. Like the vid and I recommend using four fingers on the brake lever at the end for maximum braking force (in an emergency situation). If you get into the habit of using two fingers everywhere, in an emergency situation you'll revert to using two fingers.. Those two extra fingers on the lever could be the difference between stopping short of what you're trying to avoid and colliding with it.

  2. does it matter if it's roll off the throttle, and then clutch in, or vice versa? you seem to show both in this vid.

  3. While shifting gears down should we pull the front brake lever before or after the clutch pressing and shifting ??
    Or we can use front brake and pull clutch lever and shifting at the same time??
    I'm little confused

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