Like most Vietnamese people, I’m used to semi-automatic scooters many years. So with my own experiences, here are some tips and basic note for you to drive a semi-automatic bike safety and properly for a beginner. Maybe you don’t feel confident enough to drive the semi-auto bike, no worries, just follow this instructions, you will get much better soon and confident to control this bike and drive properly.
Beginners guide How to ride a semi-automatic scooter
Shifting gears: The rule is when you change gears, you release the throttle, stepping on the rear part of the left pedal will shift the gear down, while stepping on the front part of the left pedal will shift the gear up. To back to Neutral, you can either shift the gear down or up.
If you are trying to shift gear to move faster but wait too long, then you cannot change the gear because the speed of the next gear doesn’t match. While you shift to slow down and make it too fast, your semi-automatic motorbike could easy to get stuck. Then, a sudden stop or pause will be quite dangerous and damage the engine.
• Set the gear position in Neutral. Get in each gear step by step, shift the gear up from to the 4th gear (This will help the engine may accelerate faster)
• As soon as the turn or curve comes in, slow down and release the throttle, shift the gear down in 2nd or 3rd gear if the turn/curve is too sharp (so when you pass the curve, it will be easier. By this way, your semi-automatic bike does not have to slow down too much and lose momentum) combined with brakes (you should use both front and back brakes)
Ways to ride the semi-auto bike properly
To properly shift gears
A basic mistake that many newbies make is not using the right gear for each situation. For examples, stopping temporarily (like stopping red lights) or driving at extremely low speed but they still put the high gear (4th gear). With this wrong ride, the engine will consume more fuel, and lose power that makes effects the bike’s performance.
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You can have a look this range: Gear in 1st to 2nd for the speed 20 km/h; 2nd to 3rd gear for the speed 20 – 40 km/h; 3rd to 4st gear for the speed 40 – 60 km/h.
Do not use only one break
Many newbies are used to squeezing only one brake while driving a semi-automatic motorbike and even worse, it usually the handbrake. There is an important thing you’d better remember that all motorbikes or scooters are equipped with two brakes (front brake and back one). And the handbrake is for the front wheel.
If you only use the front brake, it get easily fall down. If you use only the rear brakes, there is a risk of a semi-automatic bike being splashed, slipping and shooting away.
The best way is using both brakes at the same time with the rule is “squeeze the rear brake first then follow by the front brake”.
To get well-looked after regularly
we should replace wind filters and oil filters on time.
These technical problems can be confusing to newcomers. But, in general, anything has its own terms and instructions. With motorcycles, changing the air filter, the oil filter is essential to ensure durability, good in performance and not to “eat” too much fuel. Replacement of the air filter, oil filter on a regular basis also makes the engine runs smoother, the machine is not abnormal when operating.
If the carburetor likes the “heart” of the engine, the wind filter will be like the “lung” of the bike. A dirty wind filter will fail to provide the correct amount of air for the carburetor. This will cause the motorbike consume a lots of fuel and not good in performance. For the oil filter, it’s function is to sieve and get rid of contaminants that could be harmful to the engine
From above points, I hope this article will help you know exactly how to drive a semi-automatic motorbike safely, even you are a newbie.