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How to Use the Clutch on a Motorcycle

Learn how to use the clutch on a motorcycle from professional motorcycle instructor Joonil Park in this Howcast video.


Hi guys! This is Joonil Park again for Howcast. This video is to show you how to use the clutch on your motorcycle. Once you get acquainted with the controls of your bike, it's important to know what a clutch does and how it works before you use it. The function of a clutch is to connect the power from the engine to the rear drive wheel. An engine creates power by spinning and a motorcycle moves forward by spinning the back wheel. The clutch serves to connect the two.

You can almost think of the clutch lever as a backwards control. When you pull in a clutch lever, it disconnects the power from the engine to the rear wheel. You connect that power by releasing the clutch smoothly and slowly as to not overload the engine as the connection of an engine or RPMs while it spins and creates power to a back wheel, let's say for example, when you're standing still. The interaction of the two can cause a non-turning back wheel to shut off the engine if you make that connection too abruptly, so it's important that you ease that clutch lever out nice and smooth.

You also use a clutch whenever changing gears. You want to make sure that the clutch is all the way in and held in whenever gears are changed. And after, when you want to propel yourself forward again, you release that clutch nice and smoothly and slowly. Now of course, as you get more acquainted with riding and you develop your own style, the actual use of that clutch can change.

There are three main reasons why you would use a clutch. A, releasing it nice and smoothly as you start out. B, before and during gear changes, and C, always pull your clutch in when you come to a full stop as to not stall your engine.

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