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94 . ♦ Vehicle controls - k 53 learner licence

Identification of controls - Motor Cycle

The aim is to familiarise a learner driver with the major visual components of a motor vehicle. The intention is also to assist the learner driver to identify the controls that needs to be used in conjunction to complete a certain manoeuvre or action.
The controls/components of a Motor Cycle is as follows...


• 1 Gear Lever →used to change/select a gear

• 2 Clutch →used when engaging or disengaging a gear or changing from one gear to another.

• 3 Left and right rear view mirrors → used to look what is on the right & left hand rear-side of your motor bike

• 4 Front Brake → used in conjunction with the rear brake to bring the motorbike to a standstill.

• 5 Throttle →used to regulate the fuel supply to the engine to increase or decrease the speed of your motor bike.

• 6 Indicator Light switch →used to advise other road users of your intention to steer to the left or right, or to turn to the left or right. (especially when changing lanes)

• 7 Rear Brake (operated by foot) → used to stop your vehicle used to decrease speed or stop complete standstill.

When braking the distance it takes the driver of a motor cycle to stop is  
(i) longer on a wet road than on a dry road.
(ii) longer if the vehicle is travelling at a higher speed.
(iii) longer if carrying a passenger.

• 8 Handle Bar →used to change the direction of the motor bike. turning left or right or keeping the vehicle on a straight path.

• 9 Fuel Tank →used to store fuel (petrol)