What's the right way to operate a motorized bike?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by ariel, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. ariel

    ariel New Member

    I need some advise in terms of riding a motorized bike. What's the proper way to ride the bike? If I'm slowing down to make a turn, I'm I supposed to disengage the clutch, make the turn by pedaling, then engage the clutch and increase the throttle? Or, would I keep the clutch engaged, reduce the speed and then increase the speed when the turn is complete? I guess I'm not certain when the clutch should be disengaged while riding. I want to make sure I don't damage or over work the motor. Any suggestions?

  2. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
    if so, ride it just like you would ride a motorcycle.
    you can take off from a dead stop without peddling as long as the motor is running.
    I rarely peddle my bike at all...i normally just push start it and i only use the peddles to rest my feet on, and for the coaster brake.
    if you have to stop before you make the turn, just squeeze the clutch, make the stop, and then take off using the clutch. if you are on a steep hill going up when you stop, you may have to peddle to get the bike going before you let the clutch out.
    but really, i don't think there is a right or wrong way to ride one of these.
    I just ride mine like i would ride a motorcycle or a moped.
  3. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    Ariel, don't know if you're aware of it, but there are centrifugal clutch (automatic clutch) options available for around $30.00. Easy to install. Personaly, I don't want a manual clutch. In my opinion it increases the margin for error when you have a clutch and brake lever on the left side of your handle bars. To each, his or her own, but if you're uncomfortable with a manual clutch, you might consider the automatic option.
  4. bikeman6969

    bikeman6969 Member

    How 2 ride

    Ride It Like You Stole It
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    For the scenario that you described either way will do. One or the other might be right under some circumstances.

    If it were me, I wouldn't bother with clutching on turns. I'd just cruise through at low throttle.

    But you should go with whatever you're comfortable with.
  6. Hawaii_Ed

    Hawaii_Ed Member

    General motor cycle rule is leave the clutch out turning, coasting is not as safe or steady as being under power. I also did not start my regular kit without pedaling, it seemed to really wear the clutch. On my shiftkit, it starts great in 1st gear.
  7. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    i can push my bike about 3 feet, pop the clutch and it starts instantly.
    i rarely peddle it at all.
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    one usually tries to use the clutch -- the least as possible
    up until the point that is
    that the slow speed causes our engine to lug -- run rough -- clank clank -- jerk jerk
    a little before that point in time we should pull the clutch in

    as we ride those THINGS
  9. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    The best way to ride a motorized bike?

  10. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    that's for sure Simple Simon

    that's for sure Simple Simon
    because as we know
    life can be taken away very fast on one of these