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Sunday, December 9, 2018

How to shift a dirt bike

How to shift a dirt bike


How to shift your dirt bike better. we are going to discuss this in a 3 parts,
1. going to be clutch no clutch when do we use the clutch. 
2. gonna be foot position are we putting her feet in or you putting your  feet out we'll figure it out.  
3. Timing when do you do this.

what's up guys we're at the dirtbikefans, in this article we are going learn how to shift a dirt bike properly.


clutch or  no clutch so we get a question a lot do we use our crunch when we're shifting or  we not use our clutch for sifting,  and it's pretty broad answer right so a more advanced rider at times may not use the clutch but in general you want to use your clutch when you're shifting up &  you do not want to use your clutch when you're shifting down , if the engine is also slowing you down if you pull the clutch in it frees the engine up and you almost gain speed and loose traction with your wheels so as a thumb what is it general rule as a general rule of thumb or a broken thumb you want to think about when I'm shifting I've got to free up my transmission somehow I need to pull the clutch in to do that skip the bike up continue to go okay you can also let off the gas , but I feel like that's you're just kind of slowing down shifting then speeding back up rather than just pull the plug can't really shift as you do it it's gonna get easier to do it faster so don't be afraid to take a lot of time learning this and that don't get frustrated with yourself if it doesn't happen right away. the steps  that you just get better and faster with it as time goes on in the more you practice a lot of times you'll see a pro level rider not using his clutch when he needs all the speed that he can get and that's their only option is to gain speed and they're trying to get every little temp that they need nine times out of ten if something starts you're way off the back of the bike and they're just banging through the gears and that letting off off the drop now their bikes have upgraded transmission that can take more abuse than most bikes so keep that in mind you definitely take care of your bike so the clutch is a little better so to go into a little more depth on what the bikes doing when you let off the gas and or pull in the clutch you think of it as all the spikes in theworking together inside your engine and if they're spinning faster it's harder for your shift to catch in between one of those and keep on spinning so what happens when you let off the gas and pull the clutch in it slows that process down so your shift is easier to catch right so a lot of times you'll see you guys hold the gas on and miss their shift and or hit a false neutral because it's not getting caught in between the right spike. 


we're gonna talk about your foot position what your foots doing when you should be shifting up or shifting down so what you want to think about just like all the other things that we've explained when braking and all the other things is that you want to keep your foot close to the bike and you want to go forward to back front back shift back back ship and not shift and then out and then back under and shift and then out a couple different reasons why the main one is that it eliminates in your riffs but you catch your foot on a rut or the side of the jump face depending on what you're doing it just a little safer and more stable and then gives you a little better opportunity to squeeze the bike.


when do we shift in general ?

you want to shift as your RPM reach a high level to where the bike starts to lose power but what happens in the power curve is you've got power power power as your RPM reached max point  your power falls off and then it's just like dead okay you want to always keep the bike in the upward curve so you go up and shift back down and shift up and back  back down to set your power up always.

Additional tip

you might have noticed lot of  advanced riders is they do a lot of their shifting  in the air,  you do not need to use a clutch to shift the bike up or down on the air. the engine should be freed up enough for it to go. no problem just make sure you're off the gas when you're doing this on air, so they're gonna shift up in the air to go down a longer straightaway it's freeing up the engine because there's no tension on the rear wheel , the same time put off the gas ,shift up in the air and eliminates one step when you get to the ground and then also shifting down in the air to eliminate a step going into a turn also create some braking as soon as you land .