Better Hill Starts

Motorcycle on HillThe idea for this “quick-tip” post came from a question asked by one of my readers: “I’m always nervous about moving off when I’m on a hill. What is the best way to do this?”

That is a very good question, and one that I often see people struggling with. Most of the problems people have is that they rely on the front brake, and then try to twist the throttle and let out the clutch at the same time as they are holding the bike from rolling backwards with the front brake. I’d like to offer a better method.

As it turns out, there is a simple way to ensure that you make a smooth launch without the panic, and without rolling backwards. I’d like to outline it here in bullet-point format.

  • Let’s start with you sitting astride the bike, engine running, side stand (kick stand) up, and holding the bike from rolling backwards with the front brake.
  • Still holding the bike with the front brake, put your right foot on the ground, and use your left foot to put it into gear.
  • Now, switch your feet around. Put your left foot on the ground, and put your right foot on the rear brake. Apply the rear brake, and let go of the front brake. You have now freed up your right-hand. No more gymnastics!
  • Now, it is a simple matter of releasing the clutch, and opening the throttle until you feel the pull against the back brake. Release the back brake, and you’re off. And with no panic, and no rolling backwards.

Simple really!

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