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How to Do a Burnout on a Motorcycle

Learn how to do a burnout in this Howcast motorcycle video with expert Kenyon Kluge.


My name is Kenyon Kluge. I'm from Santa Cruz, California. I'm a team owner and rider for K Squared Racing. I'm also the team manager and rider for Zero Motorcycle Racing. If you want to find out more information about me you can look at my website, or for more information on Zero Motorcycles go to And now I'm going to talk to you about motorcycles. Doing a motorcycle burnout is a fairly straight forward and easy stunt to start with. First you should make sure there isn't anybody or anything behind your motorcycle that is going to be hurt by flying debris or hot rubber. From there you should try it on a motorcycle that you feel comfortable on both weight wise and height wise so you can get your feet flat one the ground. Having your balance is going to be essential for this. And then you're going to go ahead and apply your front break firmly so that the front wheel can't move and is locked. And the shift your weight forward on the motorcycles to get it off the rear wheel which is going to help allow it to spin and break loose. With the clutch in wind up the RPM's of the motorcycle and then you're going to release the clutch, applying power abruptly to the rear wheel to get it to break loose. At this point the rear wheel should start spinning and make sure you maintain pressure. If you have any problem quickly pull the clutch in and always maintain pressure on that front break. Don't let it move. Once your rear wheel is spinning you can go ahead and allow it to keep spinning. It'll just freely spin and you can smoke the rear wheel to your hearts content.

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