How To Do A Burnout On A Motorcycle


A burnout, commonly termed as peeling out, is the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary and spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat up and smoke due to friction. To do a burnout, take a strong stance on the ground with one foot to stabilize yourself. Put your vehicle in a low gear and keep it revved to a medium-high level. With your other foot, press down on the brake pedal firmly which will make the tires overheat and smoke. Repeat this process until the desired effect is accomplished or if you feel that you have completed enough burnouts.

Performing a motorcycle burnout is a great way to show off your skills to your friends, but make sure you are doing it safely and know what you are doing before attempting it.

How to Perform a Motorcycle Burnout?

Applying the Brake

Stand With Both Feet Flat on the Ground

To prevent your tire from building traction, put minimal weight on the bike, by standing over it without your feet pressed flat on the ground. In case the tire develops too much traction, the motorcycle will lunge forward or backward or do a wheelie when you are attempting a burnout, which is extremely dangerous.

Start Your Motorcycle and Keep It In the Neutral Gear

Start your motorcycle in neutral gear to avoid any jerking movements while you are attempting a burnout. If you have clutched the motorcycle, release the clutch slowly so it does not jerk off the ground suddenly.

Check the bike’s motorcycle gauge to confirm that the engine has warmed up to the correct operating temperature. If the motorcycle is cold, it will be more difficult to do a burnout and the engine may stall.

Pull the Clutch Lever Completely

When you are ready to do a burnout, pull the clutch lever all the way in so that the transmission is completely disengaged. This will help keep the engine rpm’s high and make it easier to do a burnout.

Maintain a tight grip on the clutch lever while you are performing the burnout. If the lever pops out of your hand, you will lose engine power and may have to start the process all over again. If your clutch is on the right handlebar, engage it with 4 fingers, not a closed fist. It will make the task much easier and reduce hand fatigue, allowing you to spend more time performing burnouts.

Hold Front Break With The Middle Finger of

Apply the brake and rev the throttle engine on your right hand’s middle finger. Use your left hand to engage the clutch so the motorcycle will not lurch forward.

If the throttle of your motorcycle is on the left, use the middle and index fingers of your left hand to apply the brake and throttle respectively.

Releasing The Clutch

Put Motorcycle in First Gear

Click the shift pedal of the gear with your foot to shift your motorcycle into first gear. Engage the clutch with your left hand so the motorcycle remains stationary and does not shift into gear.

Rev Up the Engine

With the brake pedal still depressed, rev up the engine with your right hand by twisting the throttle. Keep your foot on the brake so the motorcycle does not move.

Keep an eye on the RPM gauge to make sure you are spinning the tires at the correct speed. Rev the engine to 75% of the red line to get the best results. Too much revving may cause the engine to stall or the tires to blow out. Revving up the engine is important before you shift gears to ensure that the motorcycle will have enough power to move.

Shift Your Weight Off the Rear Tire

Keep your feet flat on the ground and make sure that you are standing very stable. Take off all the weight from the rear tire to ensure that all your weight is not pressing down on it.

Release the Clutch To Perform a Burnout

Once the RPMs are correct and you have shifted your weight off the rear tire, release the clutch lever slowly. As the motorcycle starts to move, keep your right foot on the brake so it does not move too far.

If done correctly, the bike will start to slide and smoke as the tires spin out. If you feel that you have lost control, quickly apply the brake to regain stability.

How to End a Burnout?

To end your burnout, pull the lever with your left hand to engage the clutch and shift into neutral. Keep the brake engaged at all times and use your right hand to roll out the throttle to slowly bring the RPMs back down. Once the bike has stopped moving, release the brake and shift into first gear to complete the process.

Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a burnout on your motorcycle.


Performing a burnout on a motorcycle can be a fun and exciting way to show off your riding skills. However, it is also a dangerous maneuver that should only be attempted by experienced riders.

Now that you know how to do a burnout on a motorcycle, it’s time to practice in a safe location until you feel confident enough to try it on the street. Remember to always wear protective gear, especially a helmet. You never know when you may encounter situations that are beyond your control.

Good Luck!

About The Author

daniel and sarah on motorcycle

Hi, I’m Daniel and behind me (in the photo) is my wife Sarah.

We are both travel addicts who love Motorcycles, Rock-Climbing and Camping.We love to explore everything the world has to offer

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