How to Ride a Motorcycle for Beginners

How to Ride a Motorcycle for Beginners


Motorcycle is everywhere when we begin to be interested in it. Especially when we saw movie clips about motor riding, we can't stand our desire to learn to ride a motorcycle. But how to get started? i think there are 3 key points:

  • 1. Get The Right Riding Gear
  • 2. Get Familiar With The Main Controls
  • 3. Learning How to Ride

Get the right riding gear


①What main riding gear parts you need?


②Why beginners also need riding gears?

One of the reasons we are afraid to ride is that motorcycles are dangerous and we can easily get hurt, with these few parts of equipment, we can greatly reduce the hurts when learning cycling. 

Some people thought that the beginner don't need the riding gears since the beginner won't make big moves that could hurt them, but who knows? no one can predict an accident can happen anytime, we need to do 100% prepration, wearing riding gear will guarantee you be safe and alive, protect your head, palm, elbow, shoulder, spinal cord, hips, knees, ankles, and toes  from hurting.

Get Familiar With The Main Controls 

There are 7 primary controls on motorcycles we should know before you ride it: motorcycle start button,  throttle, front brake lever,  rear brake lever, clutch lever, shift lever and turn-off switch. I will show them on a KTM 350 EXCF, don't worry, the controls are universal for most bikes.


①The stearter button

start button

Position: on the right hand side of the handlebar

It is used to start the motorcycle. Just press it to start.


②The throttle

Position: on the right hand side of the handlebar

It is used to control the engine speed.
The engine speed will go up and the speed will rise when you roll on the throttle. As you roll off the throttle slowly, the speed of engine will fall and the bike speed will slow down gradually. 

If you wanna buy some hrottle parts, please click here

The front brake lever 


Position: on the right hand side of the handlebar in front of the throttle

It is used to apply the front brake.
Squeeze the lever closer to you slowly not suddenly and tightly and gradually increase the force. If the front brake is applied so hard, the rear wheel will lift off. At that point, the slightest amount of rear brake will cause the rear wheel to skid, and you will fall easily.

See some front brake lever here:

The rear brake lever

Position: near the right foot position in front of the right side foot pegs

It is used to operate the rear brake of the bike, increases stability in a panic stop and the ability to adjust your speed through the middle of a corner.
You just need to press on the lever with your right foot.

See some rear brake here:


⑤The clutch lever

Position: on the left side of the handlebar

It is used to control the clutch
The basic job of the clutch is to temporarily cut off the engine from the transmission and drivetrain system which drives the rear wheel.
Please use it like the front brake level, you should release the clutch slowly not speedly.

See some brake clutch lever here:

The shift lever

Position: on the left foot position in front of the left side foot pegs

 It is used for shifting. Just press it with your foot. (press up for upshift, down for downshift.)
Generaly speaking, there are 5 shift pattern on motorcycles: 1 down and 5 up, and some bikes are 6.

See some shifter lever here:

⑦The Turn-off switch

Position: on the left side of the handlebar

It is used to shut off the engine. Just push the button.

There are other controls parts on motorcycles includes dash, mirrors, turn signal switch, high/low beam switches, horn you can get fimilar with, but i think this is the easy parts you can easily know even thogh you don't know motorcycle at all when you see it. So here I won't go into details.

Learning How to Ride

First of all, you need to find a big and empty place, and it is neccessary for you to ride with a biker who is well acquainted with riding motorcycle.


Please look this youtube channel from Srkcycles:


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