Friday, 30 November 2012


You'll probably find that shifting a motorcycle is easier than it sounds. Once you get a feel for where and the how the clutch disengages, how much throttle is required for smooth acceleration, and how much effort the shifter needs, the whole process will become easier and require less concentration.

shifting gears

There are three basic controls to operate when it comes to shifting a motorcycle: the throttle, the clutch, and the gear selector. The throttle revs the engine, the clutch engages and disengages the transmission, and the gear selector selects the gear. Pull the clutch towards you using your left hand, and you can rev the engine without moving the bike forward. But release the clutch while the transmission is "in gear" (ie, not in neutral), and you'll move the bike forward.

shifting a motorcycle

The gear pattern is selected by clicking a lever with your left foot, and is typically laid out as follows:
  • 6th gear (if applicable)
  • 5th gear (if applicable)
  • 4th gear
  • 3rd gear
  • 2nd gear
  • 1st gear
  • Neutral
Proper shifting technique requires the following maneuvers to be performed smoothly and deliberately:
  • Disengaging the clutch
  • Selecting the appropriate gear using the shift lever
  • Slightly revving the engine (twisting the throttle)
  • Gradually releasing the clutch (and not "popping" it suddenly)
  • Feathering the throttle while releasing the clutch, which will accelerate the bike.
  • Revving the engine for acceleration until another shift is needed

    shifting a motorcycle

The mechanics of shifting a motorcycle is as easy as those six steps, but doing so smoothly requires practice. Know your controls inside and out, and get a feel for how they work. Practice riding in an environment like an abandoned parking lot, so you don't have to deal with traffic or other distractions. And most importantly, stay safe and aware during the learning process so you're able to focus all of your attention on the task at hand. 


  1. Thanks....This helped me a lot..

  2. I think I am releasing the clutch and then acclerating thats y I am facing problems the bike was getting off afte. gvng a push ??


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