> Releasing a motorcycle clutch...?

Releasing a motorcycle clutch...?

Posted at: 2015-04-14 
When releasing a motorcycle clutch at take-off, I was taught to do it slowly and throttle a little to get the bike moving.

On my next lesson, I will be learning how to shift gears. My question is:

Do I need to do this when shifting gears while on the go? Or can I simply pull the clutch, shift gears, and immediately let go of the clutch?

An immediate release of the clutch can be fairly dangerous, particularly if you don't know what you're doing yet. This is something you'll actually get a feel for as you gain experience riding, and for most people it comes pretty quick.

When up-shifting, the rate at which you release the clutch is going to depend on how far you pushed the previous gear. If you shift at the right time, matching the RPMs of the engine to the transmission gear you're shifting into, then your release can be fairly quick and the meshing will be smooth, where you'll want to do it slower if the engine's rpms are too low or too high for the gear you're going into. Like I said, it's something you get a feel for, but smooth is always the goal. Until then, follow the direction of your instructors. Don't get ahead of yourself.

When shifting while already in gear (driving), you only need to pull clutch and shift. Technically, while upshifting you don't need to use the clutch as it doesn't take power from the engine, but it's always a good idea. Shifting while driving takes less than a second as you just pull, shift, and release, not like starting where you slowly release. When downshifting, you will need to use the clutch, but like I said it's a good idea to always use it.

Yes, you have to

Simply pull the clutch, stoping racing, shift gears, let go of clutch (immediate) and start racing.

Although if you are in a higher gear, say 4th, and shift into 2nd gear immediately than you have to release clutch slowly alongside giving the race to motorcycle, or else your motorcycle may get turned off.

Hi shift ing gears is almost the same as starting from a stand still a bit faster maybe but some times on a hill you need to do it slower.

You do, but really it is better to wait for your next lesson, if you try to get ahead of your lesson you might miss an essential part, and "learning" from youtube or random strangers is not ideal.

You will get taught this on your lesson.