Riding a motorcycle is a lot of fun and allows you to enjoy the open road in a whole new way. Of course, there are inherent risks to riding a bike, so you need to make sure that you take all the safety measures to ensure that you are protected when riding. This means you should take the time to learn different motorcycle tricks to make your motorcycle riding experience the best that it can be.
Learning motorcycle tricks can advance your riding ability, not to mention they are simply awesome to witness in motion. No matter how long you have been riding, it is always worth refreshing your memory by watching the experts in action.
Below are seven videos featuring different types of motorcycle tricks:
Trick 1: Make downshifts much smoother
Rev matching can take a little bit of practice as you downshift gears. That’s fine, there is a learning curve to everything when it comes to riding your motorcycle. The problem is as follows. When you’re slowing down you need to shift gears down, as you do you can sometimes lock up the rear tire. This limits the traction you have, which can be annoying at best, and a little dangerous if you are an inexperienced driver. The sensation can be a little alarming.
By blipping revs to match rear wheel speed, the engine doesn’t need to catch up all of a sudden. This allows for a much smoother and safer downshift, it even sounds better.
Trick 2: Drag the back brake to keep a better balance
When you’re able to really let go and get some speed up, keeping your balance on the bike is a breeze. When you are in traffic or worse in the downtown core it can be a little tricky due to the low speeds and constant stop and start.
To help you with your balance a good idea is to drag the back brake. This allows you to help smooth out the acceleration when you do need to move. This can be a godsend when you are trying to weave in and out of heavy traffic, avoiding contact with mirrors and opening doors as you are concentrating on staying vertical.
For this motorcycle trick, you only need a little bit of pressure on your brake for this to be an effective way to give you more balance. You can try experimenting until you get a feel for it. Once you start using this method you won’t go back.
Trick 3: Brake your motorcycle into a corner
Wait, hear us out! Applying your motorcycle’s front brake will shift the weight to the front of the bike. This, in turn, puts more pressure on the front wheel and increases the surface area in touch with the road, this gives you greater control. It is best that you practice this technique somewhere safe without any cars around.
This motorcycle trick is a technique that, once mastered, will allow you to take corners much faster and safer. Like all of these tips, all you need is practice.
Trick 4: You don’t need the clutch when shifting up.
This is another technique that is really easy once you get a feel for it. As you accelerate and are approaching the point where you want to shift up, you need to just apply a small amount of pressure to the shift lever for the gear to slip into place seamlessly. Once you’ve nailed this you will feel like a real motorcycling pro.
Trick 5: Steering the wrong way
You are already probably doing this common motorcycle trick without thinking about it. Being aware of countersteering as a technique will allow you to vastly improve your riding experience and safety. When you steer the bike to the left, it feels like it wants to fall to the right. This allows you to start the turn off in the correct direction by turning slightly the wrong way.
Confused? Head out to an empty parking lot and experiment a little bit until you are confident with how the bike behaves with this subtle countersteering maneuver.
Trick 6: Look in the direction you want to travel
You need to be always focused on where you need to be. This is very important if you are threading the needle between to obstacles at speed. The slightest adjustment to your direction can save your life. It is important to be aware of everything else around you too but this is a habit that you need to force yourself to do.
Trick 7: Grip with your knees
If you want to keep the bike under control, you should try to keep the weight off your hands. This allows you to steer without having to fight against your body weight. You can keep a tight grip on the bike with your legs. This may take a little bit of practice if you are not used to this method. Once you have mastered it you will feel like the king of the road.