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Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom ABS 2010 Owner's Manual Page 118

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SAFE OPERATION
In general your actions should be
smooth as sudden acceleration,
braking or turning may cause loss
of control, especially when riding in
wet conditions or on loose roadway
surfaces, when the ability to maneu-
ver will be reduced.
When going up steep slopes, shift
to a lower gear so that there is
plenty of power to spare rather than
overloading the engine.
When applying the brakes, use
both the front and rear brakes. Ap-
plying only one brake for sudden
braking may cause the motorcycle
to skid and lose control.
When going down long slopes,
control vehicle speed by closing the
throttle. Use the front and rear
brakes for auxiliary braking.
In wet conditions, rely more on the
throttle to control vehicle speed and
less on the front and rear brakes.
The throttle should also be used ju-
diciously to avoid skidding the rear
wheel from too rapid acceleration or
deceleration.
Riding at the proper rate of speed
and avoiding unnecessarily fast ac-
celeration are important not only for
safety and low fuel consumption but
also for long vehicle life and quieter
operation.
On rough roads, exercise caution,
slow down, and grip the fuel tank
with the knees for better stability.
When quick acceleration is neces-
sary as in passing, shift to a lower
gear to obtain the necessary power.

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