How To Pop The Clutch On A Motorcycle
Learning how to pop the clutch on a motorcycle can not only be lots of fun, but it can also help if you are having problems getting the motorcycle started. This relatively simply process takes some time to perfect, and the pressure used varies with every motorcycle you do it on. To complete this task, you will need the items listed below.
- Motorcycle with manual transmission
- Put the motorcycle in neutral. The neutral position varies with the different styles of motorcycles. You can test to see if the bike is neutral by trying to move it back and forth. If it is in neutral, it should move quite easily. Please note that one of the common gear patterns is from top to bottom in this order: 4, 3, 2, N, 1.
- Locate the clutch. On a motorcycle, the clutch is located on the handlebars. Since the brake is also located on the handlebars, you can learn which one is the clutch by squeezing the lever and trying to move the motorcycle back and forth. If the motorcycle will not move, you are squeezing the brake lever.
- Start the bike. Hold the clutch in and start the bike. Though most motorcycles come with an electric start, all of them can be kick started. If you do not have an electric start on your motorcycle, then you will need to kick start it.
- Put it in gear. Once you have the bike started, you will want to put the motorcycle in first gear. Still squeezing the clutch lever, put the motorcycle in first gear.
- Pop the clutch. Finally, the part you have been waiting for! After letting the motorcycle warm up, gently rev the gas at the same time as you release the clutch. To do this smoothly, apply about the same amount of pressure with one hand as you release with the other.