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Old 05-04-2007, 02:59 PM   #41
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It's not so much shifting up as shifting down to stop for some reason. I layed my bike down while shifting down to take a sharp corner and i think i have kind of spooked myself out. I've also been told not to look down when shifting, learn to hear what gear you are in?
Just make sure you're not trying to shift down or brake as you are entering the corner or during the corner. I don't know if you were but this can make you run off the road very easily
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Old 05-04-2007, 03:02 PM   #42
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Old 05-04-2007, 03:27 PM   #43
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Just make sure you're not trying to shift down or brake as you are entering the corner or during the corner. I don't know if you were but this can make you run off the road very easily
Exactly what I did, shifted down and hit the breaks. The road curved but i didn't. :BangHead:
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Old 05-04-2007, 03:28 PM   #44
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Exactly what I did, shifted down and hit the breaks. The road curved but i didn't. :BangHead:
here is a quote for you, "Man is the Pupil, Pain is the Teacher". Bet you won't do that again huh?
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:33 AM   #45
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I drove a standard before driving a bike. The first bike I got was an 83 yz250. I knew about the clutch and how to shift but I let the clutch out too fast my first ride and almost ran into a tree. I was young and dumb on the 250 it definitely wasn't a great bike to start on but within about 5 minutes of riding I had the clutch and shifting down pretty well.

When I bought my first street bike, shifting was a breeze. Now I can pretty much hop on any bike and ride it around. I like how they taught me in the MSF course. Just play with the clutch and find the friction zone before doing anything else. Once you find the friction zone you are good to go. If you slowly let go of the clutch handle you will find the friction zone. It is different on every bike and every bike has a different amount of power and will control differently but if you can find the friction zone you have nothing to worry about. The first time I rode my cousins 636 I made sure to find the friction zone. I rode my friends cruiser and you didn't even have to give it gas to take off, just slowly let out the clutch.

I think it definitely would have taken me a longer time to learn to ride if I hadn't started out in a standard car. My first car was a 95 civic which I still drive today. Gotta love standards....hondas too
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