- Step 1 – Assuming the motorcycle is in neutral and the engine is started, squeeze the clutch and press the shift lever down into first gear. Roll on the throttle, slowly release the clutch until first gear is engaged and you begin to ride.
- Step 2 – Pre-load the shift pedal by applying slight upward pressure with your left foot.
- Step 3.1 – Squeeze the clutch lever, but not to the bar. All you need here is about one-third to half-way in to allow for a proper gear change. (This is why you often see racers only use two fingers on their clutch lever as the ring and pinky fingers act as a stop.)
- Step 3.2 – Quickly close the throttle while simultaneously…
- Step 3.3 – …adding progressively more pressure to the shift lever and you will feel the gear dogs engage…
- Step 3.4 – and after this happens, let out the clutch…
- Step 3.5 – as you open the throttle and try to match engine RPM to your speed.
- Step 4 – Ride on in the new gear, repeat steps 2 and 3 as necessary or until in top gear.
If you decide to forgo the clutch when moving from second on up the gear stack, take care to get the throttle to match speed as closely as possible. Always use the clutch when downshifting so as to avoid serious transmission damage.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com