clutches/gears on a manual
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Mon May 04, 2020 3:37 am quote
ive never owned a manual scooter and am currently planning to buy one for myself.
but a few reoccurring questions are on my mind.
like when should i shift gears?will the engine make some kind of indication noise.that being said is there a perfect time to twist the clutch and shit?
when maintaining the speed limit am i allowed to stay at one allotted gear to stay the speed limit.
is there a certain mph where i should accelerate?
any other things i need to know would be great
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Mon May 04, 2020 4:04 am quote
Hi! I think you should try to get someone who can teach you how to do it.
It's impossible to say here when you should twist the clutch and shit..
We don't know which scooter, 50? 125? 150? 200?
We don't know which speed limit neither.
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Mon May 04, 2020 5:47 am quote
Take a motorcycle safety course. You will learn all you need to know. And you don’t have a vehicle as they are provided usually. There are at least half a dozen offerings near you.
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Mon May 04, 2020 6:40 am quote
You may want to find a friend with a manual transmission car to let you practice getting in and out of gear, shifting up and down etc. Obviously it is not a scooter but it should help you get a better understanding of a manual transmission. The big takeaway here is that you are on 4 wheels instead of 2 trying to learn the ins and outs. As previously mentioned you should absolutely take an Motorcycle safety course. There are also a few YouTube videos that demonstrate getting in and out of gear on a manual scooter. I found this old article helpful when I got my first scooter:

“The Gentle Art of Shifting a Bajaj Scooter and maybe more than you ever wanted to know about a scooter transmission”

Also wear the proper safety gear while learning. Cheers & Good Luck!

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Mon May 04, 2020 6:55 am quote
You might be overthinking this. If you've ever driven a car with manual, this is no different. You put it into gear, let go of the clutch as you creep forward then change gears when you feel the bike begging for it. Just get on a scooter and try to drive. You'll figure it out pretty fast.

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Mon May 04, 2020 9:10 am quote
From your questions, it would appear that you have no experience driving a manual anything.

As stated, I think that the safest and most adequate way to learn when and how to shift, would be to take an AMA certified Moto Safety Course.
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