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 Take action to avoid an obstacle or hazard.

Riding over obstacles

If you must ride over an object that you
see too late to steer around or stop for,
follow these steps:
• Reduce your speed by easing off
   the throttle. If possible, threshold brake
   before reaching the object.
• Hold the hand grips firmly, with your
   arms relaxed.
• Keep the front wheel straight.
• Shift your weight further back on the seat.
• Stand slightly on the foot pegs.
• If travelling slowly, accelerate slightly as
   the front wheel reaches the object.
• After going over the object, return to
   your normal seating position and adjust
   your speed.
• After a hard impact with an object,
   move off the road when safe and stop.
   Check the tires and rims for damage
   before proceeding.




  Sit back on the seat and stand slightly on the
  foot pegs to ride over an object. 

Mechanical problems

You should do regular maintenance on
your motorcycle to avoid mechanical
emergencies. Many mechanical problems
can be prevented in this way.

Sticking throttle

One mechanical problem that might occur
is a throttle that is stuck. This requires
quick thinking by the rider.
If the throttle is stuck, follow these steps:
• Squeeze the clutch lever, and use the
   engine kill switch.
• Look for a safe place to stop.
• Signal and safely move off the road.
• Gradually apply your brakes.
• Activate your hazard lights when
   stopped (if equipped).

Do not resume riding until the problem
has been corrected.

Wobble

A wobble is the front wheel shaking from
side to side. Some causes of a wobble are:
• incorrect tire pressure in one or
   both tires
• bent wheels or rims
• wheels that are not aligned
• accelerating too rapidly
• holding onto the hand grips too tightly
• loose spokes or spokes with
   incorrect tension
• a windshield that is not mounted properly
• uneven load distribution
• riding too fast for the capability of
   the motorcycle. 


CHAPTER SEVEN                                                                           HANDLING RIDING EMERGENCIES  47

 

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