How to Do a Motorcycle Burnout
First things first, the burnout, as explained in the unwritten bikers’ dictionary, is the practice of keeping the bike stationary and spinning its rear wheel, causing the tires to heat up and therefore causing smoke from friction.
Well, as you might have guessed, this is also an illegal practice if it is not performed under controlled conditions, not to mention dangerous even when done by professionals and you could also endanger your license. Though some may say you can't hurt yourself while doing a burnout, there have been some not-so-happy situations.
So if you want to do it on public roads, don’t! If you want to do it without protective gear, don’t! If you want to do it to show off... well, don’t! And never start a burnout with your front tire on a wet surface...
You still want to do it, don’t you? Well, since this is what you have in mind, then let’s see what to do, so you don’t break something. A leg, for example. Since you are wearing your protective gear, mount the motorcycle and stand with both feet as flat on the ground as possible. If you have shorter legs, then do the best you can. Turn on the ignition and leave the bike in neutral until the engine gets to normal operating temperature.
Now slowly release the clutch to the point just before the engagement begins (if you know your bike and how it behaves, you should know where is that certain point). Rev the engine up the powerband, which should be at about 80 percent of its capability (in most cases to about 10,000 rpm), close to the red line.
Lean forward just a bit, but not too much. Release the clutch and you have a burnout. This means the rear tire should be spinning. If it's not, give it slightly more power or let the clutch out faster. If you feel the bike going too much to either sideor that you are losing control, quickly disengage the clutch and release the throttle in one quick smooth motion. Try it a couple of times until you get comfortable doing this.
Now that you know a few things on how to perform a motorcycle burnout and managed to turn a few (female) heads, start jumping for joy and take a cold shower. And since you’ve been a good learner, we’ll treat you with a tip: they say that if you do a burnout on a paint stripe, it does less damage to your tire and makes more smoke.