Teaching Someone to Ride A Motorcycle – Part 1



hey motor friends dodge rider here it's Saturday morning and vegan moto girl has not ridden her bike in a very long time and it's been several years since she's taking the MSF course so what we're gonna go do is go out do a little practice session but I thought I would I thought I would record it for you guys so that I don't want to say too you know to teach someone how to ride but it'll be a really good series of instructional videos I'm gonna try and break into two or three parts about some of the things that you need to practice as a new writer especially in a parking lot in a controlled environment that will help you develop those skills needed to learn to safely write on the roads you know kind of those really early beginner skills swerving breaking starting stopping clutch usage throttle control that kind of thing shifting gears you know that normal early early rider stuff I might make another series later about street safety and wanting to ride on the street but for now you know so anyway yeah so moto friends were what we're doing is we're writing to up pillion on vegan moto girls Grom here and do you mind if I use your name it'll be easier for me Nadia okay and I can you can call me David he'll be easy enough but what we're doing is we're riding over together to a park we're going to find a big parking lot it's early morning on a Saturday I don't think there'll be many people out and the purpose is we need a spot that we can have relative freedom you know we need a spot where there's not going to be a lot of people we need a big open parking lot I don't like abandoned ones because they often have a lot of sand and debris in them and I won't one that's a little bit cleaner and nicer you know it's safer to write on but so good places ago our giant churches I'm like a Tuesday morning or something or sometimes shopping malls that are closed on Sundays there's a good place to go you know you often find a big empty spot out in the back of one of their Lots it's open okay this is the middle school oh I knew the middle school parking lot would also be good so we could come up here somewhere so yeah moto friends this might be a pretty good spot for example it's a nice parking lot that's used for school so it's regularly used there's not a lot of debris in it I don't see little rocks or sand or you know old nails like you would find an abandoned parking lot somewhere you don't want to have a lot of medians in a small area like this because that's an area that there's too many obstacles for a new writer to avoid I mean for the most part you want some long straight areas and then you need an ability to create a big circle and a big circle could be something as simple as as this you know she could she could come up here watch for the sand after the sand start turning around and you've got a big long circle here that we can you know go up this way and then you can slow down look left through the curve you could turn in here you know a lot of big open area and this like I'm in second gear but I can even get it up into third on this on this loop probably to the fourth if you're willing to go fast enough but yes in the heart well show me the clutch okay so you remember the clutches righto now that's the break that's the throttle break from Rick head rear brake that would be your right foot correct and the shifter okay now in the MSF course they also teach you about some of the other controls on the vehicle so can you show me the high/low beam switch okay now you shouldn't have any need to switch your high beams on very this but for laughs where's the engine run switch correct as the switch over there the engine is now set to run the turn signals turn on your left signal hole down here and push in to cancel correct hazards you don't have Haskins on a roll okay just check and some some motorcycles have a push to pass a little finger button up here to toggle a high beam so it's just em flash the pass button but the ROM does not have one so do you remember the little acronym from your MSF course about how to start the motorcycle fine see okay what what's the first thing that they say fine seed was the first thing they tell you you need to do on a motorcycle by the way getting off the motorcycles of your first process okay fuel now that's because they still teach four cruisers rather than Street vibes which have been feelin ejected for like 30 years the cruisers are still comin carbureted a lot of so normally they would tell you that there's a a fuel petcock on the gas tank you have to turn the fuel on to the carburetor yours is fuel injected not a problem so you ignore the F next is the ignition which would be your key which is currently in the on position because they'll tell you it's off you know fuel then you go to the ignition next is check the bike is in neutral already was the engine cutoff switch which you've already turned to run last step clutch then you know why the clutch because sometimes you get a false neutral some bikes have a safety for the clutch that in order to start it you have to have the clutch pulled in it but it's always a good habit even if your bike doesn't have a clutch safety switch some bikes let you start it without having the clutch pulled in the Grom is one of those bikes for example but it's still a good safety just in case you have a false neutral light and it lets you try and start it it won't suddenly lurch forward in gear so it's always good safety to you know have it pull in the clutch before trying to start it last thing press the starter if the bike started okay so we have the bike started now you can let off slowly the clutch now the first thing that we need to do on any bike before we write it especially when we're learning to ride it is you have to get used to the friction zone on the clutch the friction zone on the clutch on the Grom is generally set very far out but the way you feel out a friction zone the first thing you do before you do anything else on the bike is kind of you know learn how to turn it on that kind of thing be familiar with the controls that's all stuff you can do without having the bike you can learn about all the controls of the bike and read about that but when you're actually sitting on the bike now we're trying to figure out okay how do we operate the bike so pull the clutch back in using your shifter put the bike in first gear she moved her foot down for first and from knit from neutral it's down to first and it always returns to the center position it's half click up back to neutral and then if you want to go to second it's up third fourth and if the bike has 15 six is fifth and six so it's always one down and then four or five or six gears up in the case of the Grom you want it to be in first because we can't take off any other gear you know first okay so now that we're in first gear I don't want you to stall the engine and I don't want you to use any throttle I just want you to feather the clutch out really slowly until you find out where the clutch starts to engage now other bikes and bigger engines do this a little bit easier the Grom doesn't have enough power so sometimes if you're a little bit heavier rider like myself you eight you know 200 pounds or more I mean it won't be able to move on its own you'll feel the engine rpm drop and as she does that you'll be able to watch the engine rpm drop here pull the clutch in I want to demonstrate if you let the clutch out too fast you'll see the engine rpm drop a little bit you know and that dropping is an indication that you're starting to get the clutch to engage if you weigh too much and it doesn't have enough power like a Grom being a 125 but what you can see she's doing here is feathering the clutch out just a little bit letting it move forward and pulling it back in that's just getting a feel trying to build that muscle memory on where the clutch engages because you have to you have to get used to that engagement point would you demonstrate putting the bike back in neutral for me now on some motorcycles especially the Grom that have cheaper transmissions sometimes it's a little bit difficult to find neutral so you can see that she's moving the bike forward and backwards to get it into neutral it helps to roll the bike forward backward a little bit to try and find neutral on some bikes now much more expensive bikes they're much better about this you know some bikes have a positive neutral walk fit if you're stopped you can only click up in a neutral no matter how hard to push up so some bikes are great about that the Grom being a cheap bike it it's not great about that let me see your clutch the technique I was going to demonstrate is when I shift gears on a motorcycle I'll pull in my clutch to shift and then I'll quickly snap the clutch out to the engagement zone and then I'll feather it out slowly and I do that quickly while riding I might I might you know clutch shift and then like that like it I've watched a slow-mo video of myself shifting with my camera and and I my muscle memory snaps the clutch out to the engagement zone the friction zone and then I feather it out slowly when I shift gears so so it's a good habit to build and it's something you will use later so it's very important that you practice this for several minutes if if you need to in a parking lot you know as long as your bike has a wet clutch meaning it's not a Ducati as long as your bike has a wet clutch you could sit here and feather the clutch all day long you're not going to wear anything out now this is an air-cooled motor so it will eventually overheat but but yeah you can spend minutes practicing this without any harm to the bike so would you put it back in first gear what we're going to practice now is the next step in that because I already know that you you know got a feel for being able to technically ride to some extent I know you could ride the bike straight down there and stop and turn around and come back but but we're going to we're going to practice the next step the next step is throttle and clutch together now we're not going to be riding down here we're not going down anywhere we just want to stay in position like you were but you want to use just a little bit of throttle and feather that clutch out so using a little bit of throttle and feather the clutch out just move forward a foot and then you know pull the clutch back in let off the throttle and you know waddle backwards kind of thing so just get a feel for that because you just need to crack the throttle open and and get a feel for rolling on the throttle while slipping the clutch now try doing this without walking forward try applying throttle and slipping the clutch but only moving six inches pop quiz what's the emergency reaction what if you panic today what's the first thing you should do clutch in and then break always clutch first because in an emergency the throttle sticks open you just panic and rolled on too much throttle if you pull in the clutch the clutch controls power being applied to the rear wheel with the clutch in show me the you Karev see nothing happens the engine spins but the wheel doesn't move at all so the clutch is always your first safety always pull in the clutch it's a good emergency reaction have that's another muscle memory thing you should practice is clutch brake become a motor friend and subscribe today new videos posted every weekday at 8 a.m. Eastern

29 thoughts on “Teaching Someone to Ride A Motorcycle – Part 1”

  1. This video is super useful! Thank you!! I just got a grom as my first bike and this video explain and answers all my questions! Thank you!!!

  2. Hi iv just passed my CBT and I'm now learning, your videos are great for beginners, thanks for making them 👍🏻

  3. How to down shift the grom what rpm or what the best tip to help new rider master down shifting?

  4. I have heard from experienced riders here that when you are going at a higher speed u apply the brakes first and then squeeze the clutch.

  5. i dont think feathering merely means letting go of the crutch slowly…. i think it means holding the crutch in slightly in gear whilst you giving throttle so that the bike runs at a higher RPM but lower speed. or in a more technical way, this is holding the crutch in slightly whilst in gear(any gear) so that you build up more torque either from stand still or as you lose speed(if you are moving). its quite practical when you passing through mad, doing a burnout on a low torque bike or doing wheelies at a high speed in 5th or 6th gear.

  6. How I know this takes place in the South.

    When he mentions places to practice your riding he mentions big churches and "malls that are closed on Sunday."

    Never change, Dixie. Never change. 🙂

  7. I like "difficult neutrals" I'm used to dirt bikes that almost always have a difficult neutral. It's great to not accidentally put it in neutral when going from 1st to 2nd :p

  8. Damn she has luck the first real bike I rode was my dads ktm 625, I switched directly from a honda dio to it, shit was so scary at first. Good on you for teaching her on a smaller bike 🖒

  9. So What would happen if you're cruising without throttle and you use breaks with out clutch? I'm to chicken shit to try it on my bike so hoping someone knows xD

  10. FineC? That's bullshit… Not sure why would you would need an acronym to turn the key and press a button.
    I've almost never used engine cutoff switch, and 90% of the carbed bikes have vacuum operated fuel petcocks.

  11. what changed your audio? my audio seems to always record with the quality your did when yiu were running through the controls. I use GoPro 4 Silver, Sena smh 10r w' the wired moc (not the boom) and the blootooth backpack

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