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Braking - Kawasaki D-Tracker 2015 Owner's Manual

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WARNING
Downshifting at high speed can
make the rear wheel skid and
cause an accident resulting in se-
vere injury or death, as well as
cause the engine to overrev and
damage it. When shifting down to
a lower gear, do not shift at such
a high speed that engine rpm
jumps excessively. Downshift at
the vehicle speeds shown in the
table in this section.
Vehicle speed when shifting
Shifting down
5th→4th
4th→3rd
3rd→2nd
2nd→1st
km/h (mph)
50 (31)
40 (25)
30 (19)
20 (13)
HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE

Braking

Close the throttle completely, leaving
the clutch engaged (except when
shifting gears) so that the engine will
help slow down the motorcycle.
Shift down one gear at a time so that
you are in 1st gear when you come
to a complete stop.
When stopping, always apply both
brakes at the same time. Normally
the front brake should be applied a
little more than the rear. Shift down
or fully disengage the clutch as nec-
essary to keep the engine from stall-
ing.
Never lock the brakes, or it will cause
the tires to skid. When turning a cor-
ner, it is better not to brake at all. Re-
duce your speed before you get into
the corner.
For emergency braking, disregard
downshifting, and concentrate on
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