Motorcycle Tips for Riding a Motorcycle as a Beginner
Published: 09 Oct 2020

Riding a motorcycle for a newbie is not as easy as you may think. There are a lot of instructions and more information that need to be adhered to before you become an efficient rider. Riding becomes enjoyable only when you take heed of instructions.

Riding instructions for beginners are aimed toward teaching beginners the basics of riding. These instructions are readily available on motorcycle manufacturers’ social media pages such as Instagram, Facebook, and many others. Furthermore, the instructions will prepare you to get a license for riding.

Without further ado, let’s get into the tips you should keep in mind as a newbie rider:

Familiarize yourself with motorcycle controls

There are five basic motorcycle controls:

The throttle

This is used to control engine speed. It is located on the right-hand side of the handlebar. It is similar to the gas pedal in a car. Rolling the pedal increases the speed while rolling it off lowers the speed. It is important to note that motorcycles have separate front and rear brakes.

Front brake lever

This activates the front brakes. It is located at the right-hand side of the handlebar in front of the throttle. Squeezing the lever lets you use the front brake. The front brake lever should be used slowly and gradually. It should not be squeezed suddenly to avoid any accidents.

Rear brake lever

Is used to activate the rear brake of the bike. It is located near the right foot position just in front of the right side footpeg. To apply the rear brake, you have to apply your right foot to the lever.

Clutch lever

This operates the clutch. It is located on the left side of the handlebar. This lever is used as a clutch pedal in the manual transmission which connects engine power and rear wheel. Pressing the clutch lever inwards cuts off power in the rear wheel.

Shift lever

This is used for shifting. It is located on the left side of the bike just in front of the leg. Applying effort upwards leads to an upshift while applying effort downward leads to a downshift.

Familiarize yourself with other controls.

These include the dashboard, mirrors, horn, kill switch, starter button, as well as low and high beam switches.

The dashboard has a speedometer, neutral indicator, and tachometer for showing current speed in miles per hour, current engine speed in revolutions per minute, and light when the bike is in neutral mode.

The mirrors are for checking what is behind while the turn signals are used when changing lanes.

Lastly, the kill switch turns off the engine.

Starting the bike

You need to be familiar with the above controls before starting the bike. Turn the bike on using the key.  The dashboard lighting will show that the bike is turned on. Keep in mind that you should not start the bike when in gear.

Practice using the clutch

You should familiarize yourself with how the clutch is used before starting the bike. Pulling the clutch in lets you change the gears efficiently with ease. Releasing the clutch slowly causes the bike to start moving. Meanwhile, pulling the clutch changes the gear on different landscapes.

Upshift and downshift

This is the next step after learning how to use the clutch. To upshift, you first need to roll off the throttle. Pull the clutch lever and utilize the left foot to move the shift lever up. This lets you click the gear in. Now, release the throttle simultaneously to complete the upshift. To downshift, follow similar steps.

Using brakes to stop the bike

Both front and rear brakes are applied when coming to a stop. To slow down and stop, roll off the throttle and press the clutch lever in and gradually apply the front brake together with the rear brake to come to a stop.  Use your left foot to step down first.


Riding a motorcycle isn’t easy, but it can be made easier once you familiarize yourself with the various ins and outs of riding one.

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