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8. Operating the controls

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8. Operating the controls

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8. Operating the controls

The Learners Course covers essential CBT preparation, whilst minimising novice rider stress.

Learners CBT Course

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Beginner

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  • YOU MUST KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD

    Having previously discussed the importance of the five basic controls, which are the front brake, rear brake, clutch, throttle and gears. Being proficient with the remaining controls is equally important. 

    With respect to these additional controls, it is natural for you as a learner rider to look down at the controls. Familiarity and practice are the essential ingredients for you to keep your eyes on the road while operating the additional controls. 

    Even though motorcycle controls can vary slightly between models, the most common configuration is as follows:

    YOU MUST KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD
  • LEFT HAND SWITCHGEAR

    Controls that are operated with the thumb of the left hand are: 

    • Horn
    • Indicator switch
    • Headlight (low and high beam) 
    • Passing light switch 

    LEFT HAND SWITCHGEAR
  • THE CENTRAL CONTROLS

    There are many variations for the different models of motorcycle. The main controls that are used here are the ignition key and the odometer trip switch, if fitted. These can be operated with either hand.

    The instrument panel is also found here and is designed to give you information about the motorcycle, such as the speed, fuel capacity and other information.

    THE CENTRAL CONTROLS
  • RIGHT HAND SWITCHGEAR

    Controls that are operated with the thumb of the right hand are: 

    • The starter button
    • Emergency kill switch (if fitted)

    RIGHT HAND SWITCHGEAR
  • LEARN NOT TO LOOK AT THE CONTROLS

    • To start with you might need to look down at the controls
    • Practice using them without looking
    • Be gentle with the bikes controls
    • Always cancel signals
    • Be aware of where the horn is in case of emergency
    • Release the start button as soon as the bike starts
    • Learn how to check the centre counsel
    • Be gentle with the ignition key

    LEARN NOT TO LOOK AT THE CONTROLS

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