How to Ride a Street Bike

Are you trying to learn how to ride a street bike? Street bike riding can provide you with hours of entertainment as well as an adrenaline rush. Learning how to ride a new street bike is not something to be entered into lightly; it will require a great deal of dedication and practice in order to be ridden successfully and safely. Here are some tips to help you learn how to ride a street bike. 

The first thing you need to know how to do is to get on the bike. Grab on to the handlebars and throw your leg over the seat so you are straddling the bike. When you finish, you'll be leaning forward with your hands on the handlebar and your feet flat on the ground. Unlike a cruiser where you're sitting back in a more relaxed position, your knees need to be tight against the gas tank.

Before you turn the bike on, put the kickstand up and lean the bike to the left and right to get a feel for what it will feel like when you're turning as well as what the weight of the bike feels like.

Once you're comfortable with how the bike feels, turn it on. A word to the wise before attempting to move: street bikes in general have a lot of kick, meaning they accelerate quickly and powerfully with very little effort. With this in mind, it is very important that you let the clutch out slowly when you first start riding until you get comfortable with what it takes to get the bike moving. To get moving, squeeze the clutch with your left hand, and push down on the gear level with your left foot to put it into first gear. As mentioned before, let the clutch out slowly. Don't give it any gas until you feel the bike start to move as you let the clutch out. Once it inches forward a little, give the bike a little (emphasis on little) gas and continue to release the clutch until it is all the way out. Once you're moving and need to change gears, you will let go of the gas, pull in the clutch and push the gearshift up with your foot. Repeat this process until you're cruising at a comfortable speed in fifth gear.

Make sure you keep your arms and legs loose as you don't want to accidentally give it a lot of gas or veer into the next lane. Street bikes are very sensitive to the slightest movement so you need to careful about making any quick moves.

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