BEGINNER LEVEL OF FUNCTIONALITY FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS
Nothing feels quite like finding the perfect two-wheels. As the weather continues to warm up, more people are choosing to ride a motorcycle for the first time. This is a good sign, but when you’re a new rider, there’s a lot of information to take in.
In order to help you through the process of owning a new motorcycle, you will need to learn the proper safety measure of riding, how to kick start, getting the right gear and understanding the functions of a motorcycle. Knowing the basic skills of safe riding is essential to keeping you and those around safe.
Before you build courage to ride on your own, take this time to familiarize yourself with the weight and feel of it. Make any needed mirror adjustments and get acquainted with your bike’s foot pegs, indicators, horn and lights. Also, assure you have someone knowledgeable present with you throughout the learning process.
We have compiled a list of steps you need to keep in mind before twisting the throttle for the first time.
A STEP BY STEP CHECK-UP OF A MOTORCYCLE :
• Step 1: Main switch and handle lock
Start by switching off your motorcycle, press the key down and turn it to activate the handle lock.
• Step 2: Throttle
Your right hand controls both the throttle (acceleration) and front brake. Twisting the right hand grip towards your body will apply throttle (gas/acceleration). Make sure to check the free play of the throttle by 3 – 7mm.
• Step 3: Front brake
You will need to be aware of the brake oil level. It’s a must to always check Dot 2 or 4 as both are certified brake oil and assure the brake level should not be in free play.
• Step 4: Clutch lever
The lever on the left hand grip is the clutch. The clutch controls the connection between the engine and transmission. Squeezing the clutch level disengages the clutch and disconnects the engine from the transmission. Releasing will engage the clutch and connect them. When disengaging the clutch you will effectively place the bike in neutral regardless of whether it is in gear or not. Engaging the clutch will place the bike into whichever gear is currently selected. In addition to that, you will need to frequently check free play from the edge of the lever.
• Step 5: Front fork
The front fork connects a motorcycle’s front wheel and axle to its frame. It incorporates the front brake and allows the front wheel to rotate the steering axis so that the bike can be steered. You will need to consistently check the operations and adjust if needed.
• Step 6-7: Brake Pedal and Drive Chain
When you pull the right hand lever, it will apply the front brakes. The rare brake is mostly useful for situations with reduced traction or when operating at a low speed. You need to regularly check or adjust free play accordingly by 20-30mm.
• Step 8: Nut, bolts, screws etc.
Every rider will need to run through a check-up routine by checking lose or tightness of the nut, bolts and screws before taking the motorcycle out for a ride.
• Step 9: Gear position
Yamaha has made it easier with gear indicators to be shown on the meter. For gear positioning, constantly check whether the gears are working. The first gear should always be downward with upward neutral. The third, fourth and fifth gear should maintain upward.
• Step 10: Handle switch
Rest assure to check the operation of starting, the headlights, turn signal and horn.
• Step 11: Tapper clearance (if needed)
The intake should be 0.08 – 0.12 and the exhaust should be 0.10 – 0.14. Such adjust shall be done by mechanic.
• Step 12: Engine Oil
From start of your ride, assure to check the engine oil level. If the engine oil levels are low, you will need to use Yamalube; the motorbike oil with state-of-the-art assurance for your motorcycle’s engine.
• Step 13: Tire pressure
Always check the front and rear tire according to the manual book.
• Step 14: Test riding, cleaning and inspection
Before purchasing a brand new motorcycle, check all operations of the motorcycle. Secondly, check manual book and lastly, know the process of cleaning.
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