How to Shift Gears on a Sports Motorcycle

Learning how to shift gears on a sports motorcycle is slightly different than shifting gears on a regular motorcycle. If you're comfortable shifting gears on a standard motorcycle the transition to motorcycle gearing on a sports bike should be fairly easy. Here are some tips to help you learn how to shift gears on a sports motorcycle.

The number of gears on a standard motorcycle and a sports motorcycle are the same: 6. The general setup is also the same, with the left hand controlling the clutch and the left foot controlling the shifter. The right hand controls the throttle, and the right foot controls the rear brake.

The biggest difference between shifting gears on a standard motorcycle and a sports motorcycle is the difference in direction that you shift. On a standard motorcycle you would begin in neutral and shift down for first but up for second, third, fourth and fifth. On a sports motorcycle it would be the opposite. Shift up for first from neutral but down for second, third and fourth gear.

For both a standard motorcycle and a sports motorcycle you would start the bike in the neutral position, then switch to first gear. Once you had given the bike enough gas and could release the clutch completely, you would shift to second, and eventually third, fourth and potentially fifth gear.

If you're used to riding a standard motorcycle and are riding a sports motorcycle for the first time, it's important to keep the difference in shifting in mind. Shifting into the wrong gear while moving can be very bad for your motorcycle's engine and could cause your engine to stall.

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