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Perfecting your slow control skills is vital to your road safety, as slow control comes into play in a wide variety of situations. Mastering the clutch, throttle and rear brake is essential to you being in full control of the motorcycle at all times. It can be used when riding in slow moving traffic and traffic queues, along with approaching busy junctions. Other situations where you require slow control include when you are filtering, riding in congestion, riding or pulling away on an incline and riding in car parks.
This skill requires you to become confident in controlling the speed of the motorcycle by feathering the clutch to maintain the biting point. This requires you to use delicate clutch control, which means holding the clutch midway between being engaged and disengaged. The power is controlled by applying more throttle to prevent the engine from stalling. As the clutch is released the engine tone dips, this is when more throttle can be applied to raise the engine revs. By balancing the use of the throttle and clutch you can control the amount of drive delivered to the rear wheel. The rear brake can be used to slow the speed of the motorcycle as required.
Slow control riding is usually around walking speed and generally around 3-4 mph. Any slower than this and you may experience balance issues and become wobbly and any faster you will be relying on the throttle to control the speed of the motorcycle.
Motorcycle Riders Hub is an online eLearning training and guidance platform for all riders. It helps riders at different stages in their training to understand how to improve, operate and control their motorcycle.
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