Beginners Guide: How to Ride a Motorcycle

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I guess that's what EPR richer bring

another video and today I'm making a

video on how to ride a motorcycle for

the first time this is being brought

about from a lot of comments and

personal messages that have gotten from

tons of people all the way across the

world I'm just asking for some more

information on how to get into

motorcycles how do you shift how do we

break what gear is needed and you know

stuff like that so there's already a ton

of videos out there like this but I'm

just gonna try to put my own personal

twist on maybe throw a lot of humor in


and just try to get across you know the

message of how to ride a motorcycle for

the first time safely efficiently and

all that good stuff so without any

further ado let's get into the video all

right so one more thing here guys before

we get started some of you probably are

thinking you know why should I listen to

this guy why should I listen the huskers

gbr or rich make a video about how to

ride a motorcycle the first time so let

me just give you little bit of

background on myself

I've been riding street bikes for three

years dirt bikes for two years before

that nothing serious though I have not

ever been in an accident on a motorcycle

I'd not took my bike over I do not have

any tickets to my name several warnings

though I graduated the motorcycle safety

foundation class with nearly a perfect

written score and a perfect writing

score so that is why I believe that I'm

able to make a video like this and why I

am a trustworthy source so without any

further ado again let's get into the

actual video here

all righty guys first things first if

you want to get in a motorcycle riding

or ride a motorcycle for the first time

you're gonna need some gear and let's

just talk basics on gear real quick here

the more gear you wear while riding a

motorcycle the safer you are going to be

not necessarily as far as cars hitting

you but if you do get an accident you're

gonna be a lot better off wearing gear

than if you were not in my videos I'm

kind of notorious for not wearing gear

but it's a personal choice in my mind

but I would always recommend that you

wear as much gear as you can or as much

gear as you're you know willing to take

take a risk with so anyways let's get

into it here the first part of the gear

that I would definitely recommend number

one thing is a helmet my helmet right

here is an arai Corsair 5 Scott Russell

Edition I have a review video on my

channel of it if you'd like to check it

out more to see some more angles of it

my gloves the next thing that I always

wear no matter what are just the Fox

bomber gloves and black right they're

very breathable it's summertime here in

Nebraska and we'll get up to a 100 plus

degrees with 80 plus percent humidity so

very very breathable gloves they work

great my hands will get sweaty at all or

anything like that over here on my two

jackets right here on the left is the

icon contra jacket it's a textile one

very very breathable again has a

removable liner on the inside but this

guys well as my other one has the CD

rated Armour that goes in the elbows

shoulders and the back so it'll protect

you very very well if you do go down and

then over here is my other jacket which

is going to be a leather one and this is

the AGV sport Suzuki GSXR branded one

and again it will also have the

protective SI rated pads in the elbows

shoulders and the back piece as well so

again normally when I ride I always wear

the helmet I always wear the gloves and

I always wear closed toed shoes those

are some pretty crazy shoes but I'm a

pretty crazy guy they're also leather

don't wear flip-flops don't wear Crocs

don't wear anything like that we're a

closed toed leather shoe at least at the

bare minimum

they make racing boots and stuff like

that as well if you would like but

that's the gear overview and again the

more gear you wear the better off you're

gonna be

let's move on the next part here now

all righty guys and gals not your gear

all picked up and know what's going on

with that type of stuff we're gonna move

on to the basic parts of the motorcycle

and right here is my 2007 Suzuki GSXR

600 I'm just gonna kind of hit on the

big-ticket items that you need to know

where they're at and what they do in

order to be successful riding a

motorcycle so starting on the left side

over here you're gonna have your own

foot peg right there and your shifter on

my bike gets one down and five up for a

total of six gears also neutral is

located between first and second year

it's a half click up if you're not

familiar with this you'll become very

very familiar after riding you need to

know how to use this guy normally it's

one down and then five up on them like I

said so moving up here to the controls

on the left side you're gonna have just

a handlebar grip right here you're also

gonna have your clutch lever right there

so you engage and disengage the clutch

with that guy depending on your bike you

may or may not have some of these

controls that I have but on mine I've

got the light the low beam or high beam

selection right there the hazards light

as well

I am I turn signals right there and then

also this yellow guy back here is just

the passing lights that I'll flip the

high beam up on for me for a second

moving over to the right side here is

going to be your right side handlebar

right side grip and this guy is also

going to have your throttle on so as you

can see pulling that guy back that's

what makes you go faster on the bike up

here is gonna be your front brake lever

and if you didn't know you actually get

most of your stopping power from your

front brake so keep that in mind I'll go

into more detail later and then the last

thing that you need to know is over here

and this is going to be your right peg

and then also your rear brake control

push down and it applies your brake for

you so that's it guys and I guess oh one

more thing your ignition right up here

that's where your key goes and that's

how you turn the bad boy on

all righty guys I'm all geared up now

got my gloves my jacket jeans shoes on

and stuff and let's move on to actually

getting on the motorcycles so again

here's my GSXR I always get on from the

left side of the motorcycle that would

be decided with the kickstand down on it

this makes it easier to actually swing

your leg up and over you're not gonna be

kicking your tail section at all or

anything like that

and then it also just gives you with the

kickstand on that side you can easily

rest the bike back down should you need

to once you get on it so I always put my

left hand on the left control bar just

for a grip just swing the leg over body

and then go ahead and touch both your

feet flat footed if you can or

tippy-toes doesn't really matter

sometimes you don't have a choice and

you know just get kind of comfortable

with the bike go ahead and put the

kickstand up on it and now here we are

my bike is currently off gonna turn it

on I'm gonna turn the bike to run or to

the on position I guess you could say

it's gonna go ahead and prime the engine

I have a gear indicator right here some

bikes may not have that it's real easy

to tell when you start the bike you just

want to be in neutral and you can tell

if you're in neutral

if you roll the bike like I'm rolling

the bike right now and it's stopping

that's because it's engaging the

transmission in the engine and that's

you know preventing the bike from

actually rotating forward like that so

and as the gear indicator would show I'm

in gear 1 on neutral song I go ahead and

half a klick up to neutral it's zero a

green light comes on that's pretty

standard on most bikes and when you see

that you're good to start now this part

something just to be on the safe side

just in case the gear indicator was off

or the green light wasn't working

properly always pulling your clutch

before you start the bike that way

should something go wrong the engine

will just rev up and you won't go

anywhere you can easily kill it again so

again bike is on I am in neutral I have

the clutch pulled in let's start the



and there we go and again the bike

wasn't revving up high I knew I was in

neutral I let out the clutch and here we

go the bikes idling if you're doing a

cold start on the bike you're gonna want

to let it warm up before you actually

try to ride it around at all or anything

like that my bike is currently at 167

degrees Fahrenheit so I'm over here so

it's kind of warmed up from that already

so I'm just going to go ahead and jump

in to the next part of the video which

is going to be the basic maneuvers and

learning the clutch

all righty guys we're back here bike

started it's warmed up we're ready to go

and the very first thing when you get on

a new bike or if you're new to riding is

you want to find where the clutch

engages the transmission at or where it

starts to like actually start to move

forward on you so right now I just put

the bike in the first gear it was a

neutral I pushed down once on the

shifter while holding the clutch in and

now I'm just gonna kind of let the

clutch out and see I'm the bike is

rolling like that that's not I'm not

giving it any throttle the bikes just

rolling by itself with that and I can

feel the engine like it want the RPMs

want to drop you can see it go drop down

a little bit and keep in mind that again

was no throttle whatsoever so I know

that the bike starts to engage the

clutch starts to disengage about a half

an inch out from completely closed so

once you kind of get that down and stuff

like that it really is a way to kind of

you know ingrain it into your school

where that's at it's just like go across

a parking lot or so just moving the

clutch out very slowly like that you

know and put your feet down and always

have your hand on the front brake if you

need to and should the bike ever do

anything you don't want it to do always

pull in the clutch and reply front brake

that way the engine will stop sending

power to the transmission that'll stop

your forward progress or your forward

movement and then applying the front

brake will slow you down from whatever

speed that you were going as well so

just keep that in mind

alrighty guys real quick here I want to

show you what will happen if you let out

the clutch too quickly so again I'm

stopped I'm in neutral right now I'm

gonna go ahead and put it in at first

and there it goes and if you let out the

clutch you fail fast like here's the

sweet spot again I'm letting the clutch

out and I'm starting to roll for there's

the sweet spot that's where it's

engaging if I let it out too fast the

bikes gonna die like that and that's

nothing to be worried about it doesn't

hurt the bike necessarily at all and

that happens to everybody you know but

if somebody told you they've never

killed their motorcycle or the engine in

a manual transmission car or on a


they're definitely lying to you so

that's not a big deal at all we're just

gonna go ahead and pull the clutch back

in put it back into neutral and start

the bike right back up

show you what you can also do if you're

very very smooth

very very smooth with a clutch release

you can actually get the bike rolling

without applying any throttle so here we

go there's the sweet spot starting to

come up it's really coming up I'm just

letting out very very slowly and there

you go same thing that more death did I

am NOT applying look no throttle here's

my hand no throttle and the bike is

moving in first gear so if you have a

smooth enough clutch release you can

actually get the bike going without even

having to apply throttle it's that easy

and the bikes not going fast it's

holding steady at 6 miles an hour so

there you go something to maybe strive

for maybe one of you guys can leave a

video response of yourself doing that

moving on here so I got that down and

everything and again you know go back

and forth on a parking lot if you need

more to get it down more or something

like that but once you know that sweet

spot apply a little bit of throttle to

it just a little bit so I'm gonna might

take up to 2000 when it hits that point

so letting out the clutch bringing up

the RPMs and we're good just like that

so the bike with that I gave it a little

bit throttle I went a little bit faster

as you obviously could tell and that's

the way that you're going to take off

with the bike when you're actually

starting in stuff like that and this guy

probably has no idea what the hell I'm

doing but that's alright I'm gonna do

anything wrong is the church I go to so

anyways again just find that sweet spot

in the clutch where it starts to

disengage and then when you know where

that spots at apply a little bit

throttle at the same time and now we're

off and running and all I did was I

completely let the clutch go out apply

it a little bit more throttle and now

I'm just rolling in first gear and again

since if I want to stop the bike or come

to a slowdown I'm going to pull on the

clutch and apply front brake and we're

going to come all the way back down to

zero miles an hour and something that

you might wanna do on your first

starting off is have you can have both

feet you know come down off the bike at

slow speed so you can catch yourself

when you actually stop sometimes you can

lose your balance especially if the

surface is uneven or anything like that

so keep that in mind as well but anyways

that's kind of it again to show you just

kind of letting out the clutch applying

a little bit of throttle and we are off

and rolling now

so I next thing we're gonna do

shifting on the motorcycle and this is

something a lot of people kind of get

get scared about but there's no need to

be scared all about shifting it's

actually very very very straightforward

and very easy to do and the way that

we're actually going to shift is very

straightforward once you've got the bike

rolling and everything again all you're

gonna do I'm gonna put the bike back in

neutral and some stop here so you're

rolling in first gear when you want to

shift up which can be you know on my

bike it starts off at zero and goes up

to 16,000 I normally shift between six

to 4,000 you know anywhere where you're

comfortable or when you think you need

to change gear all you're gonna do is

gonna kill the throttle pull in the

clutch shift up on your gear lever and

then go ahead and let out the clutch and

reapply throttle very straightforward

I'll show you again here so here's the

take-off finding that sweet spot giving

it a little bit of throttle so the

engine doesn't actually die and there we

go we're rolling in first gear I'm gonna

move over here to the actual road

so I'm going to kill the throttle

pulling the clutch shift up in a second

let out the clutch and apply throttle

again and that's as easy as that and you

just keep repeating that process as many

times as you need to in order to get

through all your gears or get to the

desired speed that you want to but when

you're first learning out don't worry

about going up into sixth gear you know

the higher and the gears you get the

faster you need to be going to keep the

engine in its power ban and have enough

power so the engine isn't dying in a

corner or anything like that

all righty guys second last thing I want

right here is turning a motorcycle and

something very important to keep in mind

while turning a motorcycle is to look

through your corner like right here

let's say I wanted to turn left I don't

want to look like right in front of the

bike where the bikes going I want to

have my head turn all the way over there

and look past the apex of the corner to

where I want to end up so just keep that

in mind every time you're turning a

motorcycle and at low speeds of ten

miles an hour or less all you do to turn

the bike if you want to go left just

push the handlebars to the left under

ten miles an hour you want to go right

push the handlebars to the right very

easy very straightforward now then let

me go ahead and give you an actual

example of that so we're gonna get

started just like I showed you earlier

and we're gonna go left so I'm just

gonna move the bike the handlebars to

the left

so here's left again handlebar still

left there they go there they go there

they go right handlebars are going to

the right to the left

antal bars are going to the left again

now that let me show you what you need

to do when you actually are going faster

than ten miles an hour this is gonna

sound like kind of a foreign concept but

it's still very very easy to understand

and to know what to do we're not

actually on the bike there's something

dead don't worry about it right now if

you're just staying at home on the

computer and thinking about gonna bike

do not worry about this at all it'll be

very very easy to learn what you're

actually on a bike and it's kind of hard

to explain otherwise and I'll leave a

link to a video right here of when I did

this in depth on but it's called

counter-steering if I'm going faster

than 10 miles an hour

and I want to go to the left I'm

actually going to push or pull the

handlebars to the right and that might

sound weird what that's going to do is

that's going to transfer the weight of

the bike over to the opposite side that

you're pushing or pulling the handlebars

and then cause the bike to lead in that

direction and it's just gonna set you up

for that corner so up here let me show

you here if I want to go left look I'm

gonna push to the right and the bike

falls over like that and it's just again

a way to initiate the corner so let me

get back through here and get to another

open spot and I'll show you again this

is some per here

so again I want to go let's say I want

to go to the right I'm actually gonna

push the handle bars to the left did you

see that I pushed it to the left but the

bike actually fell to the right and I

started to go right the wheel kind of

automatically came back over for me so

let me show you that again and I do that

so I'm going 14 I actually did it just a

little bit to initiate that corner

and again it's just something that makes

the bike a lot easier to control and

let's say you're going through a corner

and you need to you need to further your

lean angle or turn it in tighter you're

gonna counter steer again so if you're

going left if you're going left and need

to go tighter left if you make a tighter

corner you're actually going to counter

steer again like pull the bars to the

right or push them to the right and that

will cause the bike to to fall over to

the other side and lean it even tighter

for ya but again just keeping my that's

this away to initiate the corner and

that's really it so that's for that

that's it for this part guys and now

we're gonna move on to the next part

which is going to be breaking on a


all righty guys so now we're gonna start

the breaking part of this video and

motorcycle breaking is very easy again

front brake lever over here on the right

and my rear brake lever is right down

there it's a foot peg you push it down

and it applies rear brake for you you're

gonna get most of your front braking or

you brake overall braking powder from

your front brake I think it's actually

60 or 70 percent of your total braking

power comes from your front brake alone

so don't rely only on the rear brake

you're going to need to use front brake

and what I normally do is get going

again and when I need to slow down

depending on how fast you're going

you're gonna want to pull in the clutch

and then just apply a small amount of

front brake and it doesn't hurt to just

cover the rear brake lever at all either

so when I say cover the rear brake lever

all I mean is just rest your foot on top

of it and just kind of let it push the

lever down just slightly so again I'm

gonna pull in the clutch apply front

brake and we're gonna come down to a

stop just like that I stuck my left foot

out to catch me and my right foot is

still actually on the brake pedal down

there along with my hand on the front

brake and I still have the clutch pulled

in and I'm in first gear just to kind of

give you an overview of everything that

happened there so let's get going again


and what you want to try to avoid and

when you're breaking you gotta

understand all the weights can be

transferred to the front so if you ply

hard front break and you ply hard for

your break your rear tires gonna lock up

and you start to slide out on you and

you want to avoid that

that's not something good that's gonna

happen you want to avoid any W tires

rear it's better to have your rear lock

up then your front your front can be

come very very messy if you if you lock

it up but if you lock up your rear tire

on your bike don't worry about it just

keep it locked until you come to a

complete stop and then you can release

the brake pedal you don't wanna

unreleased the tire like if it's locked

up you don't want to let off the brake

because what will actually happen is

that the bike can actually can catch

traction again and it might actually

cause the bike to jump or to hop on you

now then if you lock up your front tire

which I have never done and you'd have

to apply some crazy hard front brake

pressure to it if that happens let off

the front brake you do not want your

front brake or your front tire to be

skidding on you that's what you want to

avoid at all costs so if your front

brake does like or your front tire does

lock up and start to slide let off

slightly on your front and break so you

can regain control and be able to steer

your bike and all of that stuff alrighty

guys so this has been hustlers gbr and

my how to ride a motorcycle for the very

first time video I showed you firstly

what gear and how to pick out your gear

and stuff like that I showed you the

basic parts of a motorcycle how to get

on the motorcycle start your motorcycle

get the motorcycle rolling shift the

motorcycle and then lastly I showed you

how to brake and stop a motorcycle so

again this has been hustlers gbr rich go

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