Inexperienced riders need to know how to shift gears on a motorcycle. Shifting gears is fun when you know how to do it smoothly and when to do it. Some motorcycles have an upshift light, others have a tachometer that tells you how fast the engine is rotating, and others still only have a speedometer. Knowing when to shift gears on a motorcycle is something you learn from practice.
The clutch is on the left handlebar. Squeeze the lever to engage the clutch. Gears cannot be changed without the clutch being in.
- The gear shift is on the left foot. The lever is a ratchet that changes gears one at a time up when lifted up, and one at a time down when pressed down.
- Neutral is found by shifting all the way down to first and then half-lifting the gear shift lever. The neutral light should indicate when it's in the correct position.
- When releasing the clutch from a dead stop, use caution. Smoothly let the clutch out slowly while also applying throttle with the right hand. Motorcycles are known to drop when they stall at a very low speed, and letting the clutch out too fast or not giving enough gas will result in a stall.
- Practice at an empty area. Each motorcycle has a different feel for the mechanical parts and the clutch will start grabbing at a different point on each.
Taking a motorcycle safety foundation class is the best way to learn how to shift gears on a motorcycle, as well as discovering needed safety information.