Read your owner’s manual for instructions on shifting. There are three general types of transmissions.
- Manual: Similar to the stick shift in a car. You let off the throttle, pull the clutch lever, and shift through the gears using the foot shifter.
- Semi-Automatic (or Semi-Manual): There is no clutch control. You let off the throttle and shift up or down with the foot shifter. The clutch is handled automatically.
- Automatic: Just as in a car, you only adjust the throttle. Both the clutch and shifting are handled automatically.
If you have a manual or semi-automatic transmission:
- Always close the throttle while shifting to prevent the front wheels from lifting.
- Learn where the engagement point is to prevent stalling and to allow smooth shifting.
- Listen to the engine. By engine sound alone, you usually can tell when to shift gears or adjust the throttle.