u pull in the clutch(Left lever) then with your left foot u change gears
Thanks for the response. I am new to this... but I am pretty sure that most "shifty" scooters (classic Vaspa, Lambretta, etc) do not involve the foot in the shifting process? I'm no expert as I have never before touched/driven a manual transmission two-wheeled vehicle (motorcycle or scoot). Alas, the idea that it is 'same as a motorcycle' is not actually increasing my understanding? Before my scooting began, I was pretty hardcore into push-bikes, so I approached the world or scooterdom from the other (non-motorized) direction.
Probably the main thing to get used to is the
concept of rotating the left grip to change gear while simultaneously
holding the clutch lever in with the same hand. [...] The rear brake will be a foot operated brake on the right hand side of the floor.
Before riding, I would practice the gear change motion a few times while stationary so you can get the feel of it.
Thank you! This was the sort of thing I was clueless about... sounds as though it may be tricky to get the hang of it at first. Does a scoot have "neutral" (out of gear) like a car? Can you put it into & out of gear, or is it just switching between gears with the left grip, and neutral-not-in-gear is just with the clutch lever pulled?
So, is it more-or-less the same as a car (procedurally) to get moving from a stop?
1) apply brake & clutch
2) put into first gear with clutch engaged (or switch to first gear, down from other gear)
3) Release brake
4) Gently apply gas/throttle while simultaneously disengaging clutch untill the engagement point is reached and the vehicle/scoot begins moving - Is this a difficult or sensitive engagement point to find? Will a beginner typically stall out the scoot quite frequently while learning to find this engagement point (especially starting uphill)?
Then... you twist one way (forward?) to shift up to the next gear, and the other direction (backward, towards yourself?) to shift down a gear (with the clutch lever squeezed, and no throttle while shifting)?
If you are moving/driving in 3rd gear when you come to a complete stop, do you then have to shift down twice (two separate times, once to get back to second, and then again to get back into first from second) while stopped to put the scoot back into first while to then start moving again? Or is there a different way to set the scoot back into first gear?
Do you need to have the clutch squeezed (engaged) to roll the scoot backwards?
You should completely stop applying any throttle when you engage the clutch to shift gears, right?
Thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to respond... I realize this is extremely basic stuff. I've never touched a manual tranny bike of any sort... and I know it will help me to have all this straight in my head, before I am out there "touching the bike".