Learners (CBT) overview of controls
There are five basic controls that must be mastered in order to safely operate and ride a motorcycle. There are of course many other important controls, but until a new rider has reached a level of proficiency with these five basic controls, they will struggle with other aspects of riding a motorcycle.
- Disengages the drive when in gear
- Pull in the clutch to select first gear
- Use it slowly when pulling away
- Vital for slow control and stopping
- Aids smoother gear changes
- Use a flat wrist
- Gently, do not be aggressive
- Turn it away from rider to allow engine braking
- All four fingers
- Finger tips only
- Bike is in an upright position and in a straight line
- From high speed to low speed
- Never in a corner or when bike is leaned over
- Only at slow speed
- Use when cornering or steering the handlebars
- Sequential gearbox – up or down one gear at a time
- Speed up – change up
- Slow down – change down
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