Even with the transmission in
the neutral position, do not
coast for long periods of time
with the engine off, and do not
tow the motorcycle for long dis-
tances. The transmission is
properly lubricated only when
the engine is running. Inade-
quate lubrication may damage
the transmission.
Always use the clutch while
changing gears to avoid damag-
ing the engine, transmission,
and drive train, which are not
designed to withstand the
shock of forced shifting.
To start out and accelerate
1. Pull the clutch lever to disengage
the clutch.
2. Shift the transmission into first
gear. The neutral indicator light
should go out.
3. Open the throttle gradually, and at
the same time, release the clutch
lever slowly.
4. At the recommended shift points
shown in the following table, close
the throttle, and at the same time,
quickly pull the clutch lever in.
5. Shift the transmission into second
gear. (Make sure not to shift the
transmission into the neutral posi-
6. Open the throttle part way and
gradually release the clutch lever.
7. Follow the same procedure when
shifting to the next higher gear.
Always shift gears at the recommended
shift points.
To decelerate
1. Apply both the front and the rear
brakes to slow the motorcycle.
2. Shift the transmission into first
gear when the motorcycle reaches
25 km/h (15.5 mi/h). If the engine is
about to stall or runs very roughly,
pull the clutch lever in and use the
brakes to stop the motorcycle.
3. Shift the transmission into the neu-
tral position when the motorcycle
is almost completely stopped. The
neutral indicator light should come
Recommended shift points
The recommended shift points during
acceleration and deceleration are
shown in the table below.
Shift up points:
1st 2nd: 20 km/h (12.5 mi/h)
2nd 3rd: 30 km/h (19 mi/h)
3rd 4th: 40 km/h (25 mi/h)
4th 5th: 50 km/h (31 mi/h)
Shift down points:
5th 4th: 25 km/h (15.5 mi/h)
4th 3rd: 25 km/h (15.5 mi/h)
3rd 2nd: 25 km/h (15.5 mi/h)
2nd 1st: 25 km/h (15.5 mi/h)
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