[Editor’s column]How to operate the clutch correctly in the riding classroom?


The editor chief with rich experience in riding teaching, Sagawa, will teach everyone how to easily and safely ride a bicycle through text and video. Whether you are a motorcycle novice or a “twister rider” who has returned to the embrace of motorcycles, you can definitely gain a lot; this time I will introduce the theme of the clutch release method!


It is easy to make mistakes if the clutch is pressed to the end in one breath

When the clutch is disconnected, let it go “decisively”, and when the clutch is engaged, press it “slowly”. This is the most basic technique when operating the clutch. Although this basic technique should be very clear to many people, it is still easy for everyone to make mistakes at the beginning.

Everyone often releases the clutch suddenly when starting, causing the motorcycle to rush forward, but this kind of manipulation is actually quite easy to cause the engine to stall. If the car body is just tilted or the faucet is killed at this time, the motorcycle is even easier Because of the forward momentum of the car body, it fell directly.

▲If you want to engage the clutch, please place your finger on the clutch lever and gently press it to the “asobi” area. If you continue to press the lever from this position, there should not be any delay in operation, and the clutch can be smoothly engaged.

▲Press the lever quickly when the clutch is engaged. The purpose of this is to make the transmission of driving force fail instantly. If you hold down the clutch for too long, the driving force of the engine will not be smoothly transmitted to the rear wheels, which will easily cause the vehicle body to shake and become unstable.

Special attention is needed to downshift

In addition, when manipulating the clutch, the most prone to error is when downshifting. If the rider suddenly engages the clutch at this time, it will easily cause the rear wheel to lock up or appear in a semi-locked state. The bounce problem of the rear wheel, these problems will cause the rider to be unable to brake properly, which is very dangerous. Especially on slippery roads and downhill sections, these problems are more likely to occur. Therefore, please pay attention to “slowly” when engaging the clutch together.


Let go quickly, and control slowly after a reaction

Another important reason why the clutches must be engaged “slowly” is mainly to slow down the effect of the engine brake. Especially when it is lowered from the second gear to the first gear, if the speed is too high, the engine brake will be too strong, which will cause frequent shaking of the car body.

Although recent motorcycles are equipped with sliding clutches or torque limiters, this type of device slows down the effect of engine braking, but if you are riding a motorcycle without these devices, the rider must rely on himself to adjust the engine brake The control force.

▲The trick is to quickly loosen the clutch lever when the clutch is completely disconnected, and then slowly press and hold the lever to engage the clutch when you feel it enters a semi-clutch state. If the Cavaliers can do this, it proves that his clutch manipulation skills are very good. Please definitely try it yourself.

You need to manipulate the clutch slowly to engage the clutch again. But because the reaction time is to be minimized, the trick is to quickly release the clutch lever when the clutch is completely disconnected, and then slowly hold down the lever to engage the clutch when it feels that it has entered a semi-clutch state.

▲If you release the clutch lever directly, it will cause the engine brake to act suddenly and cause the rear wheels to lock up, causing the rear wheels to bounce or cause the body to shake and become unstable. In addition, there may also be problems such as motorcycle rushing or engine stalling when starting. Please pay special attention when riding.

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Kenny Sagawa, Chief Editor of “Webike Motor News”

“Webike Taiwan” editorial department compiled

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