How To Properly Shift Gears On A Dirt Bike


In this post you guys are going to learn three tips to properly shift your motorcycles, dirt bikes  I guess it could be either but just shift them better. I got too psyched up man this is important stuff.

The first tip is going to be clutch or no clutch, when do we use this thing and do we? The second tip is going to be foot position, are we putting our feet in, are we putting our feet out, we’ll figure it out. The third one’s going to be timing. When do you do this stick around to the end we got a pro tip for you guys something a little special that’ll help you gain them speed down the straightaways and also slow down for your turns it’s going to be good.

Tip number one clutch your no clutch. So we get a question a lot so we use our clutch when we’re shifting or do we not use our clutch for shifting. And it’s a pretty broad answer, right so a more advanced rider may at times not use the clutch.

But in general you want to use your clutch when you’re shifting up you do not want to use your clutch when you’re shifting down the reason for that as you can see in a breaking post that we also have is if the engine is also slowing you down if you pull the clutch in it frees the engine up and you almost gain speed and lose traction with your wheels.

So as a thumb what is it general rules as a general rule of thumb or a broken thumb? You want to think about when I’m shifting I’ve got to free up my transmission somehow I need to pull the clutch in to do that shift the bike up continue to go, okay. You can also let off the gas to free that up but I feel like that’s you’re just kind of slowing downshifting then speed back up rather than just pull the clutch in release shift.

As you do it it’s going to get easier to do it faster so don’t be afraid and take a lot of time learning this and that don’t get frustrated with yourself if it doesn’t happen right away. In fact, what we teach or learn to ride riders who are just fresh off the bike is in steps off the gas pull the clutch in shift let the clutch back out back on the gas. So that is the steps of that you just get better and faster with it as time goes on in the more you practice.

A lot of times you’ll see a pro-level rider not using his clutch when he needs all the speed that he can get and that’s their only option as to gain speed and they’re trying to get every little temp that they need. Nine times out of ten on the start their way off the back of the bike and they’re just banging through the gears and that letting off the drop.

Now their bikes have upgraded transmission that can take more abuse than most bikes so keep that in mind you definitely want to take care of your bike so the clutch is a little better. So to go into a little more depth on what the bike’s doing when you let off the gas and or pulling the clutch. You think of it as all these splines working together inside your engine and if they’re spinning faster it’s harder for your shift to catch in between one of those and keep on spinning.

So what happens when you let off the gas and pull the clutch in? It slows that process down so your shift is easier to catch right. So a lot of times you’ll see you guys hold the gas on and miss their shift and or hit a false neutral because it’s not getting caught in between the right splines. Tip number two we’re going to talk about your foot position, what your foot’s doing when you should be shifting or shifting up and down.

So what you want to think about just like all the other things that we’ve explained when braking and all the other things is that you want to keep your foot close to the bike and you want to go forward to back, front, back, shift, back, front, back, shift, back and not shift and then out and then back under and shift in and out.

A couple of different reasons why the main one is it, it eliminates any risk that you catch your foot on a rut or the side of the jump face depending on what you’re doing it’s just a little safer and more stable and then gives you a little better opportunity to squeeze the bike up here. So at tip number three, third tip. When do we shift?

In general, you want the shift as your RPMs to reach a high level where the bike starts to lose power. But what happens in the power curve is you’ve got power power power power power as your RPMs get too high your power falls off and then it’s just like dead, okay. You want to always keep the bike in this curve so you go upshift back down, back shift back down instead of back.

So you’re here you made it to the end congratulations and thank you, so here’s your pro tip. So what you’ll notice if you watch a lot of posts of advanced riders is they do a lot of their shifting either in the air or in the air. You do not need to use a clutch to shift the bike up or down on the air the engine should be freed up enough to for it to go no problem just make sure you’re off the gas when you’re doing.

So they’re going to shift up in the air to go down the long straightaway it’s freeing up the engine because there’s no tension on the rear wheel. Okay, as long as you’re not rubbing that bike in the air you don’t want to do that at the same time put off the gas shift up in the air it eliminates one step when you get to the ground and then also shifting down in the air to eliminate step going into a turn. Also, create some braking as soon as you land and plant the rear wheel a little more.

So those are your pro tips, try this in the air jump a jump shift up land smooth throttle out also find a jump just a little closer to a turn shift down in the air create some decelaration before you get to the turn.

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