Survey: car manual experience

I'm just wondering, prior to learning how to ride a motorcycle, did you have manual driving experience? they say if you know how to drive manual, then the process of learning how to operate a motorcycle will be a piece of cake because you have an idea of shifting and friction zone.

I had manual experience and that helped me tremendously and indeed it was a piece of cake, since I was nervous about operating a motorcycle, it is different from a car. I know that not all motorcyclist know how to drive manual. I also give credit to MSF instructors on their guidance and from there on you either got it or you don't.

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Nov 19, 2011
one up and one down
by: Anonymous

My sister and I both started riding motorcycles at the same time. She knows how to drive manual but I don't. Also, both of us had no clue how to operate a motorcycle before our class.

Because she drove manual and I didn't, she had a better idea how to get it done in a jiffy. I, on the other hand eventually learned how to ride, but it took me a super long time to learn, before hitting the streets.

Nov 16, 2011
Shifting bike..piece of cake, car...ummm no.
by: rere

Funny this came up. I was just thinking about this last night. A couple of years ago my husband tried to teach me to drive his stick shift. I was ok but clearly not ready to go on the street. Usual problems...hills, parking on side streets.

When he got his bike (first )I was watching him ride. He gave me a quick run down on the friction zone and let me sit on his bike to feel the friction zone pull. I gave it a little trottle and suprize I was riding! He was so excited that it was comming so easy to me. He yelled out a quick instruction to shift, I pulled in the clutch, clicked up, don't even know to what gear and let the clutch out slow. He still tells his friends that he married a closet rider. And to this day, I still can't drive a stick shift car.

Nov 16, 2011
by: Sapphire

I think having manual experience in a car helped me understand the friction zone on a bike. Shifting came more naturally too. I remember first learning a manual on my husbands truck and it took a few tries to be comfortable with taking off and shifting, but on a bike I learned a lot faster, probably because of the past experience in a car.

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