How To Do A Burnout On A Motorcycle? (A Step-By-Step Guide)

How To Do A Burnout On A Motorcycle

Are you one of those who wants to know about burnouts – one of the most iconic images associated with motorcycles? Then, you are at the right place. In this article, I will give you a step-by-step guideline about how to do a burnout on a motorcycle. 

Burnout is an easy stunt that you can perform on your motorcycle. To do that, you have to spin the tires of your motorcycle and throughout the spinning, you will have to keep the cycle’s frame in a stationary position. It is also known as peeling out.

Additionally, by performing a burnout, you can create a big cloud of smoke. It can also be done with other vehicles such as cars and trucks. Anyway, burnout can be a lot of fun if you know how to do them. This article will show and teach you the proper way on how to do a burnout on your bike, whether it’s a sportbike or cruiser motorcycle.

Along with that, I am going to let you know all the additional information related to the burnout stunt. Henceforth stick with us and learn about this thrilling stunt so that you can execute it and impress everyone around you.

9 Steps To Do A Burnout On A Motorcycle:

In this part of my article, I am going to let you know how to perform a burnout on a motorcycle under 9 simple steps. 

Step 1: Stand Without Putting Pressure On The Tires:

Find yourself a desolate area. Wear your helmet and get on the bike

Before commencing with the burnout, you have to settle your posture. Stand straight in an upright manner by laying your feet flatly over the ground. While standing over the bike, you cannot put too much weight or pressure on the bike. 

This will prevent the tires from gaining traction. Tires cannot have much traction. This is because, a motorcycle consisting of tires that have too much traction, accelerates in the forward direction by itself during a burnout. This may lead to an accident.

Step 2: Start The Motorcycle:

After you are done setting on your position, you have to start the bike by inserting the key into the ignition ON mode. You must make sure that you keep the motorcycle in neutral gear.  Now the engine has to be started. Since you have inserted the key into the ignition mode, the engine will now warm up. 

It is necessary for the engine of the motorcycle to be warmed up before attempting a burnout on it. Until the engine has thoroughly warmed up, you have to keep the engine in neutral gear. Before attempting a burnout, the engine has to run for at least 5 minutes. It must be warmed up thoroughly for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes is over, have a look at the temperature gauge and make sure that the engine is warmed up. You can see if the engine is warmed up or not by seeing the dial. If the dial is about halfway, it will indicate that the engine has been warmed up. 

However if the engine takes too much time to warm up, you should try revving the engine several times, continuously. This will help the engine to be warmed up faster.


You must not perform a burnout on a cold engine. This is because when you attempt a burnout on a cold engine, there is a possibility of the motorcycle starting to fizz and splatter. Moreover, the tires of the bike may gain some traction due to a cold engine. Such a sudden traction can cause the bike to lurch forwards.

As a result, an accident may occur. Therefore, if you want to prevent such dangerous accidents, you should not perform a burnout with a cold engine.

Step 3: Pull The Clutch Lever:

Now you have to tightly grab the clutch lever with 4 of your fingers. Then pull it backwards towards the handlebars. You can find the clutch lever placed on the left handlebars. However, if your motorcycle has the clutch on the right handlebar, you have to grab and pull it with 4 of your fingers, and apply the same technique. 

Step 4: Hold The Front Brake:

Now you have to play with your fingers! Use your right middle finger to firmly grip the front brake. This means that you have to apply the front brake by keeping your right hand’s middle finger on it. At the same time, you have to keep revving the throttle of the motorcycle’s engine. You can do so by using your right hand to grip the front brake tightly.

We would recommend you pull the brake lever backwards using your right middle finger only. This is because to rev the engine throttle you will need the rest of your hand. However, if your motorcycle’s throttle is placed on the left side, you should press the brake lever with your left middle finger.

Step 5: Shift The Motorcycle Into First Gear:

Here, you have to shift the motorcycle into first gear. You can do this by clicking the gear shift pedal using your foot. You must engage the clutch using your left hand to prevent the motorcycle from shifting into gear already.

Step 6: Rev Up The Engine:

Now it’s time to hasten the engine by revving it up. There is a red line placed atop the gauge meter. You have to rev up the engine until the arrow reaches a point which is at least 75% close to the red line. 

You can do so by turning the throttle down using the right hand. Simultaneously, you have to keep an eye on the RPM (repetitions per minute)  gauge and check if the arrow has reached the point where it should. 

You must commence revving the bike’s engine at a low pace. Or else the engine might be in gear mode and it may start moving by itself, which can lead to an accident. Moreover, you have to remember warming up the engine before putting it into gear so that the tire can rotate at a high speed to obtain some traction.

Step 7: Slightly Bend Your Posture In The Forward Direction:

You cannot put much weight over the rear tire. Henceforth you should slightly lean your body forward. Moreover, you have to stand stable along with keeping your feet flat. 

This will help you to exert the least amount of pressure over the rear tire. Its important to put less pressure over the rear tire or else it may attain traction and cause an accident.

Step 8: Release The Clutch:

Now to do the burnout, you have to let go of the clutch. You do not have to ease off the clutch for disengaging it. Instead, let it off by withdrawing all of your fingers from the lever within a moment.

Afterwards the bike’s engine will shift into first gear. Along with that, the rear tire will begin rotating and spinning rapidly. Thus a burnout will be created.

Step 9: Conclude The Burnout By Re-engaging The Clutch And Releasing The Throttle:

Now you have to release the throttle by withdrawing your fingers from over it. Simultaneously, you have to re-engage the lever of the clutch. That will conclude the burnout. For reengaging the clutch lever, you have to pull the lever with your left hand. 

This will stop the engine from staying in the first gear and shift it into neutral. Afterward, using your right palm, roll the throttle backward. However, you have to remember to keep the brake pressed the entire time. This will cause the rear tire to cease moving, and this will prevent the motorcycle from accelerating forwards.

I recommend you to keep on pressing the brakes until the tire has stopped spinning altogether. Once the spinning is done, the burnout ends too! And yes, finally your fingers can taste freedom as they will not have to press the brakes anymore.

This is how you do a burnout on a motorcycle. Quite an easy stunt, right? Anyway, I want to let you know that you should not hold the burnout for too long. This is because if you hold the burnout for too long, the rear tire may get worn and torn. If you want to create a plume of smoke, you will have to hold the burnout for a minute.

What Do You Need For Performing A Burnout On A Motorcycle?

The things you need for performing a burnout on a motorcycle:

  • Motorcycle: 

A great way to perform this stunt is with a motorcycle because it has two ‘rear’ brakes (i.e., one lever operates each wheel). One approach is by pressing hard on either left or proper handbrake, but be careful not.

  • An Empty Street Or Parking Lot:

If you want to perform a burnout on your motorcycle, all you need is an empty parking lot or street. You will need to be at low speed and have the clutch pulled in so that the rear wheel can spin freely. 

  • Brakes And Accelerator:

Keep pulling up on the front brake deeply while accelerating until smoke starts coming from under both tires. When doing this, you have to know that there will be a lot of smoke, and it is essential to do this in an empty environment.

Where Can You Do A Burnout?

You should perform this on a ‘flat,’ level and hard surfaces such as tarmac or concrete pavement. When the burnout technique uses wheel spin through acceleration to charge up both wheels, they may otherwise break loose from any soft ground, which can cause an accident. 

Moreover, you have to remember that you should perform the burnout in an empty area with not many people around.

Why Should You Perform Burnouts On Motorcycles?

People usually perform burnouts for a wide range of reasons, and they are as follows:

  • Tire experimentation.
  • Cleaning the wheels of your motorcycle. Burnout is performed before a race to heat the tires and remove any material from them that could cause your motorcycle to skid.
  • Practicing the craft for competition purposes and many other reasons.
  • Trying to get the motorcycle up and running.
  • Testing if a part of your bike is working correctly.
  • To warm up your tires and make them more responsive to clean off all the dirt, dust, and other particles that are stuck on your wheels before you start riding around town. Tires with less weight will be easier for your motorcycle to ride because they don’t need as much energy from you to keep moving.
  • To experience the thrill and excitement that comes from the stunt.
  • To show off to your friends or other riders.

9 Tips To Keep You Safe While Doing A Burnout On Your Motorcycle: 

The best burnout to do is the one you are most comfortable with and know how to stop quickly if something goes wrong. Since burnout is a stunt, you must maintain safety precautions.

Motorcycle burnout techniques should be done responsibly and cautiously, so don’t end up injuring yourself. These 9 tips will keep you safe while doing a burnout on your motorcycle:

1. Wear The Right Gear: 

Wear protective gear such as gloves, safety goggles/glasses, and a helmet. You have to wear these protective gear not only for the sake of these items but also because they can protect you from debris. 

For example, they may cover your face if there are any accidents within close range. Moreover, they will protect you from objects that may fly into the air when doing burnouts with motorcycles. 

2. Look Around Before Starts:

Look for people around you before starting burnouts. This will help you in avoiding accidents with pedestrians. In my advice choose such lanes which are usually crowding free most the times.

3. Don’t Do If You’re A Newbie:

This stunt is only for advanced drivers – it’s not recommended for newbie riders to try this one. Burnouts are not recommended for newbie riders because there are risks involved with doing so. 

It’s essential to learn this stunt properly before performing it in crowded streets or when the roads have less traction, such as rain, snow, ice, and slippery surfaces.

4. Keep Your Headlights ‘On’:

Make sure that you have your headlight on while performing burnouts, as it is illegal in some places to do them without headlights.

5. Away Your Body:

You’ve to keep your body away from the exhaust system. Because it’ll keep you safe from getting burnt or choked.

6. Starts With A Slower Speed:

I recommend you start by practicing this technique at slower speeds until you’re confident enough before going all out.

7. Avoid Too Much Rely On Front Brake:

Do not rely solely on the front brake lever while performing the motorcycle. The rear brakes are more powerful than those in front of a motorcycle. Therefore you have to use them while doing burnouts with motorcycles.

8. Release Your Clutch Wisely:

It would be best to release your clutch only after getting enough speed, at which point gravity should take over. DO NOT release it too soon because if you let it out too soon, there will be an adverse reaction, and your rear end will slide out.

9. Finishing Tips:

You don’t want to be doing a full-blown burnout on ice, as it could lead to not only your bike but also yourself crashing. Finally, remember to brace yourself for the burnouts, as they can make you go through many rubbers!

7 Tips To Help You Achieve The Perfect Burnout On Your Motorcycle:

Here I’ll give you such 7 tips that I personally  followed while doing a burnout in my motorcycle:

  1. Engage the clutch.
  2. Rev up the engine.
  3. Put in First gear while releasing the clutch at the same time.
  4. Release the clutch and push on the throttle.
  5. Keep the opposite foot off the gas pedal.
  6. Let go of brakes.
  7. If you want to create a plume of smoke, engage in continued burnouts for about one minute. When ending the burnout, press down your brake lever before releasing.


Best of luck with performing this excellent maneuver! That concludes the burnout tutorial. Now you can impress your friends and make their jaws drop when they see that smoke emitting from your motorcycle after spinning those tires! Do let us know in the comment section below if you have any additional queries. 

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