How Motorcycle Transmissions Work
A motorcycle transmission is a transmission designed specifically for motorcycle applications. They may also be found in use on motor tricycles and quadbikes, auto rickshaws, mowers, go-karts offroad buggies, microcars, and even some superlight racing cars.
The motorcycle transmission gives power to the rear wheel through a series of structures like the gear set, the clutch and the drive system.
A set of gears that enable a rider to move from a complete stop to a cruising speed are engaged by shifting a lever, which moves shifting forks inside the transmission. The job of a clutch is to engage and disengage power from the motor crankshaft to the transmission. Without the clutch, the only way to stop the wheels from spinning would be to turn off the motor. The job of a drive system is to transmit engine power to the rear wheel of a motorcycle. There are three ways to do that, through chain, belt or shaft, but chain final-drive systems are by far the most common.
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