How To Ride A Harley 1200 Sportster

Learning how to ride a Harley 1200 Sportster can be a very daunting task. The best thing that you can do if you want to learn to ride any type of motorcycle is simply practice in a safe area. Practicing in an area such as a grassy field or parking lot can give you the confidence you need to properly ride a Harley 1200 Sportster. Use these steps to learn how to master riding your Harley.

To ride a Harley 1200 Sportster, you will need:

  • Helmet
  • Riding gloves
  • Riding glasses
  1. Wear a helmet, riding gloves and riding glasses. All three of these items help reduce injury and will be beneficial if you fall of the bike or have a bug hit your face while riding (this is both painful and can damage your sight).
  2. Get on the Harley 1200 Sportster and kick back the kickstand. Support the bike with both legs.
  3. Pull the clutch lever on the left handle and press down multiple times on the left gear shift pedal. This places the bike in first gear. Pull up slightly to enter neutral.
  4. Turn the key and press the start button to start the engine. Give it some throttle (right handlebar) and allow it to warm up for a few minutes.
  5. Pull the clutch lever again and press down so that the Harley 1200 Sportster is back in first gear. Keep the clutch pressed in and slowly pull back on the throttle. Release the clutch gradually until you feel the engine catch–you will begin moving.
  6. Continue releasing the clutch until it is fully out. Place your feet on the feet rests and maintain balance with speed.
  7. Slow down by pressing the right foot brake and the right handle brake at the same time as pulling the clutch in. put your feet out to the sides but do not put them on the ground until you have to–otherwise you could tip the bike and fall off.
  8. Practice this until you are comfortable. Switch into second gear by pulling the clutch and releasing the throttle, while riding. Pull up on the left gearshift pedal. Let go of the clutch and give the Harley 1200 Sportster more throttle.
  9. Turn the motorcycle by leaning, not turning the handlebars. It is easier to turn when you are moving, so try and maintain speed while turning.
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