SAFE OPERATION
Safe Riding Technique
The points given below are applicable for everyday motorcycle use and should be carefully observed for safe and effective vehicle operation.
For safety, eye protection and a helmet are strongly recommended. Gloves and suitable footwear should also be used for added protection in case of a mishap.
When applying the brakes, use both the front and the rear brakes. Applying only one brake for sudden braking may cause the motorcycle to skid and lose control.
When going up steep slopes, shift to a lower gear so that there is plenty of power to spare rather than overload the engine.
When going down long slopes, control vehicle speed by closing the throttle. Use the front and rear brakes for auxiliary braking.
On rainy days, rely more on 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 or deceleration.
Riding at the proper rate of speed and avoiding unnecessarily fast acceleration are important not only for safety and low fuel consumption but also for long vehicle life and quieter operation.
On rough roads, exercise caution, reduce speed, and grip the fuel tank with the knees when necessary for better stability.
When quick acceleration is necessary as in passing, shift to a lower gear to obtain the necessary power.
Do not downshift at too high an rpm to avoid damage to the engine from overrevving.
Avoiding unnecessary weaving is important to the safety of both the rider and other motorists.
Daily Safety Checks
  In order to ride more enjoyably and more safely, the daily safety checks should never be neglected. Since engine trouble or a severe accident may be prevented through carrying out these simple checks and correcting any trouble, make it a habit each day before riding to check the following:

Gasoline                                         Gasoline in tank
Engine oil Engine oil tank level sufficient
Transmission oil Transmission oil level correct
Tires Check for wear, cracks and other damage
Air pressure: front 1.7kg/cm2  (24psi)
                     rear  2.2kg/cm2  (31p
Spokes and rim Tighten any loose spokes
Drive chain Check overall condition; chain slack 20~25 mm (~1 in); oil as necessary
Battery Electrolyte level above the lower level mark
Nuts and bolts Tighten any loose nuts and bolts
Front brake Brake lever play less than 5mm (3/16 in); fluid up to level line; no damage to brake line or fittings
Front brake
   (S1C)
With brake fully applied, 55~65 mm (2~2 in) space left between brake lever and throttle grip; indicator position within the "USABLE RANGE"
Clutch Clutch lever play about 2~3 mm (1/16~1/8in); releases properly, no slippage
Rear brake Brake pedal play 20~30 mm (~1 in); with pedal fully applied, indicator position within "USABLE RANGE"; brake light functioning properly
Throttle grip Throttle grip play correct
Steering Check that the steering turns freely but has no play
Front forks When pushing down on the handlebars with the front brake fully applied, front forks functions properly; no oil
Rear shock absorbers Function properly, no oil leakage
Electrical Equipment Check that the headlight, tail/brake light, turn signals and horn work
Engine No abnormal engine noise
If any irregularities are found during the above checks, refer to the Maintenance and Adjustment Section to make the corrections necessary for safe operation.
Additional Consideration for High Speed Operation
Brakes The importance of the brakes especially at high speed operation, cannot be overemphasized. Check to see that they are correctly adjusted and functioning properly.
Looseness in the steering can cause loss of control. Check to see that the handlebar turns freely but has no play.
Steering
High speed operation is hard on tires, and good tires are crucial for riding safety. Examine their overall condition, inflate to the proper pressure, and check the wheel balance.
Tires
For prolonged high speedoperation use the next colder heat range.
Spark Plugs
Have sufficient fuel for the high fuel consumption during high speed operation.
Gasoline
Engine Oil To avoid transmission seizure, make certain the oil level is at theupper level mark.
Transmission Oil
Top up the oil tank.
Make certain that the headlight, tail light, turn signals, horn, etc. allwork properly.
Electrical Equipment
Make certain that all nuts and bolts are tight and that all safetyrelated parts are in good cond
Miscellaneous