> How to find the friction zone?

How to find the friction zone?

Posted at: 2015-04-14 
I've seen the videos on YouTube and have a major doubt. When you are slowly leaving the clutch in order to find the friction zone, will the motorcycle start rolling forward on its own or do have to move it with your legs???.....

Could someone give me the exact procedure on finding the friction zone. ..

Without giving an idling mototcycle any throttle the friction zone starts when the rpms start to decline as the clutch is released rolling forward will only occur if the rpms are maintained or increased as clucth continues to be released. Fully released clutch is then out of the friction zone and full locked to the rpms of the engine

Put the bike in first gear. Roll on a little gas and slowly let out the clutch. When the bike starts to move on it's own you have found the friction zone of the clutch.

No, you don't have to push off with your legs.


Start the engine, pull in the clutch lever, shift to 1st gear.

Squeeze the front brake lever, to keep the front brakes locked and to prevent the bike from lurching forward if you should accidentally release the clutch lever to much.

Twist the throttle a little to bring the revs up. (2,000 - 2,500 RPM)

VERY slowly, let the clutch lever out.

You'll start to feel the friction zone.

You can either pull the clutch lever back and keep repeating.

OR let out and slip the brake lever to let the bike start rolling forward.

Balance the slippage between the 2 levers, trying to let out both levers to get the bike moving and to keep it bike from stalling.

Think in terms of 2 friction zones.

Clutch grab, friction zone.

Brake slippage, friction zone.

Start the engine of the vehicle. Slowly release the clutch till the vehicle begins to move foward or the engine starts to sound like it's trying to accelerate the vehicle, that spot is your friction zone.

Pull the clutch in and shift to first gear. Open the throttle all the way and then let go of the clutch. After you pick yourself up off the ground and recover the crashed bike, you will understand why you shouldn't do that again. THEN go find someone who has motorcycle riding experience to help you learn the proper way to ride.

Youtube is no substitute for professional training.

You are trying to learn to ride a motorcycle, if you make a mistake you could kill or injure yourself, why would you trust the advice of a bunch of anonymous strangers on the internet.

Especially when you get responses like the ones you have received so far.

This is the hardest part of learning to ride, and all bikes are different. Only practice will teach you. CB and Tony have given good answers.

Have you actually ridden a motorcycle. Cos if you had you would not need to ask this question. Thirty seconds on a bike would teach you.....