Eli5:Motorbike gear

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Why’s the neutral gear in between the first and second gear? What’s the logic behind 1 N 2 3 4 5 6?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Because when you come to a stop, you want to be in first. If you aren’t, you have to awkwardly swap feet, taking your foot off the break, to change gear while stationary.

It’s easier to make sure you are in first, especially on a bike without a gear indicator, by just changing down until you can’t any more, than it is to try to find a specific place in the gearbox.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Because when you come to a stop, you want to be in first. If you aren’t, you have to awkwardly swap feet, taking your foot off the break, to change gear while stationary.

It’s easier to make sure you are in first, especially on a bike without a gear indicator, by just changing down until you can’t any more, than it is to try to find a specific place in the gearbox.

Anonymous 0 Comments

You don’t really spend a lot of time in Neutral. So having it at the very bottom just don’t make as much sense as having 1st at the very bottom.

Its also for safety. When you stop at a red light, you can press down, and know you are in first. You don’t want to think you are in first, and actually be in neutral. For example, if you saw a car behind you that wasn’t breaking, you want to instantly be able to pull away. So really, its just done that way because its slightly safer, and easier for the rider to find first.

Also, neutral is a half step between 1st and second. So when shifting from 1st to second, you just go straight to it. Its not like you have to stop at neutral, and shift again. So in normal use, its really almost as if its not actually there, and sometimes a new rider might have a small bit of trouble actually getting into neutral (especially if there isn’t a neutral indicator light)

Anonymous 0 Comments

You don’t really spend a lot of time in Neutral. So having it at the very bottom just don’t make as much sense as having 1st at the very bottom.

Its also for safety. When you stop at a red light, you can press down, and know you are in first. You don’t want to think you are in first, and actually be in neutral. For example, if you saw a car behind you that wasn’t breaking, you want to instantly be able to pull away. So really, its just done that way because its slightly safer, and easier for the rider to find first.

Also, neutral is a half step between 1st and second. So when shifting from 1st to second, you just go straight to it. Its not like you have to stop at neutral, and shift again. So in normal use, its really almost as if its not actually there, and sometimes a new rider might have a small bit of trouble actually getting into neutral (especially if there isn’t a neutral indicator light)

Anonymous 0 Comments

Everyone is missing an important point. At a standstill it is hard to engage a gear from within another gear successfully, if you pass neutral first the gearset starts turning making it easy to engage 1st and ensure it is actually engaged before sending power to it.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Everyone is missing an important point. At a standstill it is hard to engage a gear from within another gear successfully, if you pass neutral first the gearset starts turning making it easy to engage 1st and ensure it is actually engaged before sending power to it.