Motocross Clutch, Throttle and Shifting Control.


Clutch, Throttle and Shifting Techniques.

Much of your control comes from the Clutch, Throttle and Shifter.  The other two places your control comes from are the brakes and your body positions and movements.  Clutch and Throttle control along with being in the right gear at the right times are key factors in controlling the power.  Did you know every time the pros go from braking to accelerating they use the “clutch” and throttle?  They don’t slip the clutch but instead use it like a trigger, more like nipping the clutch.  This enables them to deliver the power more accurately.  This is more critical on 2 strokes but it’s still used on 4 strokes, as well.  They also use the clutch when seat bouncing, jumping whoops and jumping rhythm sections.  They pretty much always have a finger on the clutch; so much that they don’t have a callus on their clutch finger.

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Motocross Clutch Throttle Shifting Techniques.  Of course anyone who knows how to ride a dirt bike can use the shifter, but competitive motocross racers can use it while standing or sitting in the forward or back body positions very accurately at the perfect times anywhere on the track, even in the air.  What about using the clutch when upshifting and downshifting, should it be used or not?  Yes, it’s better to nip the clutch when upshifting because there is a lot of pressure on the tranny at that time. This will allow you to be more consistent in getting it all the way into the next gear, you will miss fewer shifts and you’re tranny’s life will be extended. If you’re really looking to get all the power and speed out of the bike you can keep the throttle wide open and  still shift, known as “Power Shifting”, but you better be nipping that clutch at the right time!

It’s not necessary to nip the clutch when downshifting because there’s not much pressure on the tranny at this time. But it is better if you can give that clutch a little quick nip at the precise instinct of your downshifts, as well.

Remember to keep one or two (one is better) fingers on that low end lever (clutch) whenever you may even remotely need to use it. On the start use two or three fingers because you have to use it more accurately from a dead stop but on the track for all those quick nips one finger is the way to go.

How do you think the top pros can ride so fast and smooth? It’s not just from Body Position and Movements, the other part of their control comes from mastering the use of the 5 controls of the motorcycle (Clutch, Throttle, Front and Rear Brakes and the Shifter).  Find out what you’ve been missing when you learn what’s in this 36 minute DVD.

Learn exactly how to use the Clutch and Throttle to clear doubles right out of corners, how to slide through slippery corners, how to square up a corner, jump through a rhythm section, how to Power Shift and much, much more. Stationary and Action Practice Drills are used along with track action to show and explain what you need to know and do in order to improve fast.

Topics Covered:
1. Clutch Adjustment.
2. Clutch Control.
3. The Clutch and Jumping.
4. Throttle Control.
5. Shifting Control.

All shown and explained in detail with pro edited footage!

Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 7 × 5 × .4 in

36 minutes


Gary Semics Motocross Schools, Inc.


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