How to learn to ride a motorcycle on your own? Part 2
WE DRIVE A MOTORCYCLE FROM FIRST DAY
Yes, yes, we drive. First of all, you need to learn how to drive a motorcycle, in the sense that you will go next to it and drive it behind the wheel. Only in this way, you will clearly feel its weight, you will understand where it has the center of gravity. It is not as simple as it seems. In a driving school, this will not be taught. Recently, I was invited to test drive the new EXO Neutrino scooter, which was released for European markets, and I got acquainted with the new scooter exactly as I describe it here. This is the base for everyone, professionals or beginners. The video about my “acquaintance” with EXO Neutrino, by the way, do not forget to look at the link – it will tell you even more than the article. Well, I will continue.
You need to start getting acquainted with the motorcycle this way: take it off the footboard (about it a little later), grab it by the horns, tilt it slightly towards you and push it forward. Heavy? That’s it. This is not so bad, and now try to go with him a small circle counterclockwise. So it will be easier because the mot will fall on you and catch you it will be easier.
We complicate the task. We pass a circle clockwise. This is harder because the bike tends to break free and crash in the opposite direction from you. When you feel that you are completely in control of the bike balance and control only with a little effort and the front brake, the task is completed. Your muscles begin to remember the efforts that you transfer and the load from the motorcycle, which means that in the future it will come to automatism and will not cause any problems, regardless of the weight of the bike and its height.
Now two words about the footboard or stand, whatever. It will be difficult to remove the motorcycle from the stand and set it up for the first time for the same reason that made us cut circles with the wheel in our hands – a clear sense of weight distribution, the center of gravity. When removing and installing the motorcycle on the bandwagon, try to slightly roll it over yourself, not very much, but if the bike outweighs you and bends in the opposite direction, you can do nothing. He will fall. It’s a pity after all.
To practice this simple technique, you need to find a flat, or almost flat, a site with a slight slope. The task is to not slide down the engine, slide downhill, sitting in the saddle of the bike. In this case, you need to feel the center of gravity of the motorcycle with your weight and transfer your weight, in the form of an experiment, to the right and left.
At the same site, try to jump onto the motorcycle on the move from the left side, as expected. This can be useful, for example, when the battery or starter and kick starter die at the same time. This is extremely rare, but you need to be prepared for everything. Continue to frolic in this way until you feel complete control over the physics of the apparatus, its center of gravity and the critical angles of deviation from the vertical. Now we come to the most basic. This is starting the engine, starting off and shifting gears, braking and maneuvering, gas metering and working with the clutch lever.
LAUNCH THE MOTOR!
Let’s imagine that the technical condition of the motorcycle is in full order. We have the floor of a tank of gasoline or a working mixture, the ignition is working properly and the power system. Two-stroke motorcycles are usually started by a kick-starter, and four-stroke ones using an electric starter. Also, a modern motorcycle will not let you start the engine until you turn off the gear. On a dashboard, the neutral transfer lamp will tell about it.
To start the two-stroke engine, it is enough to open the gas line filter tap, open the throttle a quarter of a turn, turn on the ignition and pull the kick-starter lever. If everything is correctly adjusted, the motor will immediately come to life. The four-stroke engine is started by means of an electric starter and a start-up system will already work in the carburetor or injector power system, so you do not need to open the gas handle. We start the engine and warm it up to the minimum operating temperature, depending on the motorcycle model and type of cooling system.