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Dropping the Clutch

Drop the clutch motorcycle
Written by Editorial Staff

The principle of work is based on force of a friction and sliding between clutch disks, frictional and metal which alternate among themselves. They have a rough surface, when metal is smooth. When they are firmly compressed by springs, they transmit the torque from the engine to the gearbox. When the clutch is squeezed, the discs move away from each other, so the transmission of rotation does not occur.

Drop the clutch motorcycle

Dropping or dumping it means leeting off the clutch very fast. You hover the revs near the redline in first gear (the clutch should be in), then you suddenly let go of the clutch while pressing the accelerator at the same time. The tires get loose and spin.

In order to protect your vehicle from the destruction of the discs, lean on the front wheel in any high curb – so you can minimize the load and better feel the moment when the rear wheel begins to slip without too much pressure on the motorcycle. After doing it near the curb you can start doing the same on a straight surface.

Does dropping the clutch damage?

It does not do any particular or significant harm to your vehicle, however it can lead to some problems with driveshafts, engine mounts and other drivetrain parts. Another problem is keeping half cluch after pressing the accelerator. This can damage clutch discs, as a result they will wear faster.

How to launch a manual car?

The first step and by far the easiest is to press in the clutch. You would want to be on a flat surface so that you are not rolling around anywhere at least for the start of this. A nice flat surface ensures that vehicle remains stationary as you press in even without your foot on the brake.

Then you should apply the throttle which is probably the most tricky part of the entire thing. What you are going to do is apply throttle and hold a set rpm. That’s going to be based on many different parameters. 

If you have a very high torque engine then you’re going to use a lower rpm, if you have a very low torque engine then you’re going to use a higher rpm. The amount of throttle you apply also depends on wheather the vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Front will require the least amount of torque in order to spin the tires so you can use a lower rpm. But keep in mind the size of your engine, since rear wheel drive can handle a little bit more so you may go higher. There are other factors to take into consideration as well.

If it’s raining outside, clearly you are going to have less traction so you use a lower rpm. Next step is release the clutch and that allows you to build a little bit of boost and gives you a little bit more torque to put down rather than just holding it at a set rpm. 

So your clutch is pressed in which means it is not in contact with the pressure plate and by now we have applied throttle. So this is going to be spinning at the RPM that you see on your tachometer. You have a difference in speed and what you want to do next is release that clutch.

Now if you do it too fast you will notice what happens is it’ll bog down the engine and if you slam these together and you don’t break your tires, you’re going to put all that strain onto your drivetrain. The best-case scenario if you do it too quickly is that you just spin your tires, the worst case scenario is you actually break something within your drivetrain so you do not want to do it too fast. 

But if you do it too slow what happens is it just starts spinning and you start burning up. Then smoothly but quickly release your clutch and as it starts to grab, you want to start to ease into the throttle so as you go into the release the clutch you’re easing into the throttle and pressing the accelerator.

Now we have worked through the first four steps in order to get the vehicle moving, we’ve pressed in, applied throttle and held that at a set rpm, we’ve released the clutch smoothly, but quickly and then we’ve modulated the throttle after releasing it in order to control wheel spin and get the vehicle going.  What comes next is we need to change gears, just carry it out all the way to redline and then shift gears.

Is popping the clutch bad

It is the same as dropping or dumping.  Therefore, it should not be that bad for your vehicle when done right. However, as it was mentioned above, half clutch can lead to disc damage or some problems with your drivetrain parts. Make sure you follow all the steps and take precautions.

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