view mirror; you may misjudge a vehi-
cle's distance and speed, or you may
not see it at all.
Accelerate and Brake Smoothly
In general your actions should be
smooth as sudden acceleration, brak-
ing or turning may cause loss of control,
especially when riding in wet conditions
or on loose road surfaces, when the
ability to maneuver will be reduced.
Select Correct Gear Speeds
When going up steep slopes, shift to
a lower gear so that there is power to
spare rather than overloading the en-
Use Both Front and Rear Brakes
When applying the brakes, use both
the front and rear brakes.
only one brake for sudden braking may
cause the motorcycle to skid and lose
Use Engine Brake
When going down long slopes, help
control vehicle speed by closing the
throttle so that the engine can act as an
auxiliary brake. Use the front and rear
brakes for primary braking.
Riding 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 judiciously to avoid skidding the
rear wheel from too rapid acceleration
Braking performance is also reduced
in wet conditions. Carefully ride at a
slow speed and apply the brakes sev-
eral times to help dry and restores them
to normal operating performance.
Lubricate the drive chain after wet
-weather riding to prevent rust and cor-