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How to Ride the Motorcycle
Warning
The
handling
characteristics
motorcycle at high speed may vary from
those you are familiar with at legal road
speeds.
Do
not
attempt
operation
unless
you
have
sufficient training and have the required
skills as a serious accident may result from
incorrect operation.
Warning
The items listed are extremely important
and must never be neglected. A problem,
which may not be noticed at normal
operating
speeds,
may
exaggerated at high speeds.

General

Ensure the motorcycle has been maintained
according to the scheduled maintenance
chart.

Steering

Check that the handlebar turns smoothly
without excessive free play or tight spots.
Ensure that the control cables do not restrict
the steering in any way.

Luggage

Make certain that any luggage containers are
closed, locked and securely fitted to the
motorcycle.
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Brakes

Check that the front and rear brakes are
functioning properly.
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Tires

High-speed operation is hard on tires, and
high-speed
tires that are in good condition are crucial to
received
riding safely. Examine their overall condition,
inflate to the correct pressure (when the tires
are cold), and check the wheel balance.
Securely install the valve caps after checking
tire pressures. Observe the information given
in the maintenance and specification sections
on tire checking and tire safety.

Fuel

Have sufficient fuel for the increased fuel
consumption that will result from high-speed
be
greatly
operation.
In many countries, the exhaust system for
this model is fitted with a catalytic
converter to help reduce exhaust emission
levels. The catalytic converter can be
permanently damaged if the motorcycle is
allowed to run out of fuel or if the fuel level
is allowed to get very low. Always ensure
you have adequate fuel for your journey.

Engine Oil

Make certain that the engine oil level is
correct. Ensure that the correct grade and
type of oil is used when topping off.
Caution

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