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Move a Motorcycle By Starting It and Putting It In Gear

By Walter F. Kern

Step 9: Shift Into First Gear

The motorcycle is now running smoothly and still in neutral.

Depress the clutch lever all the way to the left hand handlebar grip. This separates the engine from the transmission and allows you to shift the transmission into first gear.

Place your right hand on the front brake lever to keep the bike from lurching forward when the gear shift is made.

As shown in the picture, below, use the bottom of your foot to depress the gear shift lever down one kick to first gear. The picture purposely shows the foot over to the edge of the gear shift lever so you can see the lever for purposes of this presentation. Don't do that. When you actually do a gear shift, position your foot centered over the gear shift lever to make gear changes.

Once in first gear, the motorcycle is poised to move.

If you twist the throttle, the bike will move so BE CAREFUL. The final Step shows you how to get the bike moving -- for a short distance.

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Shift Into First Gear
Shift Into First Gear on a Motorcycle
© Walter Kern

  1. Turn On the Fuel Supply
  2. Pull Out the Choke
  3. Turn ON the Ignition
  4. Set the KILL Switch to RUN
  5. Depress the Clutch Lever
  6. Shift Into Neutral
  7. Check the Neutral Indicator Light
  8. Start the Motorcycle
  9. Shift Into First Gear
  10. Move the Motorcycle

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