3.2 - SHIFTING GEARS
This motorcycle has five (5) forward gears.
side stand raised:To start riding, after the engine has been warmed up and the
- Depress the shift lever form neutral down to first gear. OnceClose the throttle and squeeze the clutch lever all the way in.
to the neutral “N” position once you remove your foot.the transmission clicks into gear, the shift lever will return back
- lever in a simultaneous motion. When you feel the clutch beginSlowly and gradually open the throttle and release the clutch
to grab and the motorcycle starts to ease forward, you have
reached the “friction zone” of the clutch. Gradually open the
throttle more and release the clutch lever completely as the
motorcycle moves forward.
- When you attain moderate speed, close the throttle and squeeze the clutch lever at the same time. Raise the shift lever until it clicks into second gear. After shifting, re-open the throttle and release the clutch lever.
- To continue shifting up to each higher gear, repeat step 4.
- To shift down to a lower gear, close the throttle and pull the clutch. Depress the shift lever until you feel it click into gear. After shifting, re-apply the throttle and release the clutch lever smoothly.
Learning when to shift gears will come with riding experience. Up-shift into a higher gear when you hear the engine speed (rpm) get too high. When the engine rpm gets too high in a gear, you will feel the motorcycle stop accelerating. This is another way to know when to up-shift.
Downshift to a lower gear when you feel the engine lugging at a low rpm. Downshifting is usually done when you slow down for a turn or when you stop the motorcycle. Downshifting into a lower gear can help slow down your motorcycle, especially when going down-hill. However, down shifting when the engine rpm is too high can cause engine damage.
The neutral position of the transmission is located between the first and second gear positions. To shift into neutral, pull the clutch lever in and depress the shift lever as many times as needed to get into first gear. Once you are in first gear, pull up on the shift lever ½ the distance required to up-shift into second gear. You can also shift into neutral from second gear by depressing the shift lever ½ the distance required to downshift into first gear.
To prevent transmission damage, do not coast or tow the motorcycle for long distances with engine off.