What does “1 down 4 up” gear shift mean for bikes?

I am planning for a new bike which has 1down 4 up gear shift. My earlier bike has 4 down gear shift. So I am confused in following gear shift.

1. 1st to neutral and from 1st to 2nd.

2. 2nd to 1st and 2nd 2 neutral

6 answers by real people - What does “1 down 4 up” gear shift mean for bikes?

  • 1 month ago

    When the bike is in neutral, you shift it down to go into first gear. When shifting from first to second, you shift up once. Same for third, Fourth & fifth gears. Neutral is actually a half-shift in between first & second.

  • TechnoStuff
    1 month ago

    I understand your confusion! I first rode in the 1970’s on a yamaha 60cc mini-enduro. 4 down.

    Then I find that every other bike I rode was 1 down, 4 or 5 up.

    Just picture the gears being reversed from what you have.

    Down all the way is 1st, up all the way is 5th (or 6th).

    Between 1st and 2nd is neutral. To get to neutral from first, pull up on the shifter Half Way. If you pull up all the way you get 2nd.

    On most bikes you can go down half way from 2nd gear to get neutral but on some it’s a bit tricky.

    Watch for the neutral indicator light to come on. Always hold the brake as you release the clutch just in case you are not in neutral.







    You will learn, I did.

    Good luck with the new bike.

  • ?
    5 days ago

    RE: Why do motor bikes have a 1 down rest up gear shift pattern. Why do they not have the gear shift in sequence? Why should engaging 1st gear be different (down) from the rest of the gears (up)?

  • yidarmy001
    1 month ago

    the one gear down is neutral and must be on this when you are starting the bike as you have to rev it up and if its not on neutral u will go flying and the four up are gears 1-4 every time u knock it up one u will feel it click in to place with ur foot

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It’s the way the gears work which way

  • guardrailjim
    1 month ago

    Read my answer to a previous question.

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