Before you ever get on a dirt bike for the first time you need to have the right safety gear that means have a helmet, gloves, pants and glasses. The last thing you need is to have your first ride end in a hospital visit for an injury that you could have prevented with the right safety equipment. Now, the next thing you need learn before you start riding is how to start your bike.
Starting the Bike
When you initially get on the bike and are straddling it, you have to put the kick stand up and hold the bike up by yourself with your two hands on the handlebars. Now you need to hold the clutch in, on the right side of the bike you will find a lever you need to push down with your right foot. It may not work initially, you probably won’t use enough force. That’s common and don’t sweat it, give it a try again until the bike turns over. Here is a visual to help you out.
Learning How the Brakes Work in a Motorcycle
Before you hit the trails you need to know how the brakes work and where to find them on the bike. Like any other bike you’re going to have both front and back brakes. Once you get really good at riding you can use the brakes to do some fancy tricks like wheelies. Don’t try that now you’re not ready yet. The right handlebar has your front brake and your back brake is near your right foot close on the opposite side of the gear shift.
Driving a dirt bike is similar to driving a stick shift in a car and you’re going to have to shift gears and use a clutch, if you have never driven a standard before this is going to take some getting used to. Once you have gotten your bike kickstarted and you’re ready to hit the trail now, on the left side you will find a lever, you only need to push it down once and that will put you in first gear at the same time you need to make sure that the clutch is in or you’re going to stall the bike. Twist the right handle to give your bike some gas, do it slowly while letting out of the clutch and you’re going to start moving. That took longer to explain than it takes to happen, don’t worry about stalling the first few times, it happens.
Now you’re ready to go, start slow and get used to your bike and how to stop and start before you head out on the trail. Enjoy your ride!