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    Whiskey Throttle

    Lauren's home for two weeks from Hawaii and she's interested in learning to ride a motorcycle. She has been riding Scooters now for two years so I'm hoping she has the skills necessary to easily adapt to the TW. I figured I let her watch a few videos on first time riders. Teaching her the clutch is my main concern so I thought I would ask you all for tips. I surely don't want her to experience Whiskey Throttle.


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    Put some vise-grips on the throttle that will hit the brake lever and act as a governor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivershot View Post
    Put some vise-grips on the throttle that will hit the brake lever and act as a governor.
    Cool tip.
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    Put the bike in third to begin with - first is too low to learn the clutch - gives you time to get the feel of the clutch without the bike climbing the nearest tree .....
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    For Pete's sake, wrap new riders up in personal protective equipment: helmet, eye protection, boots, gloves, knee and elbow pads, chest and back protector. And put them in a wide open area to practice.
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    The people I have helped all seemed to let the clutch out slowly until it starts to move, then release it quickly the rest of the way, resulting in a stall or jerky take off. Constant reminders to keep releasing slowly ALL the way through engagement were needed in the beginning. A slight downhill makes it easier also, but once they start "getting it", turn them around for uphill clutch practice.
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    ...and for gosh sakes don’t let them practice next to old folks in wheelchairs.
    That video had some funny but painfullly impressive crashes.
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    When I was 11, I learned how to drive a stick in a 74 civic, Mom pulled the choke out to give it 1200rpm's, it helped me learn how the clutch worked w/o ever hitting the gas pedal.
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    If she rides a scooter she will have "throttle control". She can use the front brake while learning to use the clutch -- scooters only have hand brakes I think -- and can learn to use the foot brake later.

    With scooter experience I think the only thing that really needs to be learned is throttle / clutch coordination. Should be easy. Keep us posted.
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    No worries on a TW, it won't do any of that to get a crash. A top speed of about 10 in first if you fully rap it out. It still won't shoot up in the air and fly over your head.

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