Harley Davidson recommends that you obtain information and formal training in the correct motorcycle riding technique. In the United States, both the
Harley Davidson Riding Academy (1 414 343 4056) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (1 800 446 9227) offer beginning and advanced rider safety
Travel at speeds appropriate for road and conditions and never travel faster than posted
speed limit. Excessive speed can cause loss of vehicle control, which could result in death or
serious injury. (00008a)
Do not exceed the legal speed limit or drive too fast for existing conditions. Always reduce speed when poor driving conditions exist. High speed
increases the influence of any other condition affecting stability and increases the possibility of loss of control.
Pay strict attention to road surfaces and wind conditions. Keep both hands on the handlebar grips when riding the motorcycle. Any two wheeled
vehicle may be subject to upsetting forces such as wind blasts from passing trucks, holes in the pavement, rough road surfaces and rider control
error. These forces may influence the handling characteristics of your motorcycle. If you experience these conditions, reduce speed and guide the
motorcycle with a relaxed grip to a controlled condition. Do not brake abruptly or force the handlebar. This may aggravate an unstable condition.
Keep cargo weight concentrated close to the motorcycle and as low as possible to minimize the change in the motorcycle's center of gravity.
Distribute weight evenly on both sides of the vehicle. Do not load bulky items too far behind the rider or add weight to the handlebars or front forks.
Do not exceed maximum specified load in each saddlebag.
New riders should gain experience under various conditions while riding at moderate speeds.
Operate your motorcycle defensively. Remember, a motorcycle does not afford the same protection as an automobile in an accident. One common
risk for an accident occurs when another vehicle turns left in front of an on coming motorcyclist. Operate only with headlamp on.
Wear an approved helmet, clothing and foot gear suited for motorcycle riding. Bright or light colors are best for greater visibility in traffic, especially
at night. Avoid loose, flowing garments and scarves.
Avoid contact with exhaust system and wear protective clothing that completely covers legs
while riding. Exhaust pipes and mufflers get very hot when engine is running and remain too
hot to touch, even after engine is turned off. Failure to wear protective clothing could result in
burns or other serious injury. (00009a)
When carrying passengers, it is your responsibility to instruct them on proper riding procedures. See the RIDING TIPS booklet included in your
owner's kit (in the U.S.) or available on www.msf usa.org.
Do not allow other individuals, under any circumstances, to operate your motorcycle unless you know that they are experienced and licensed riders.
Make sure they are thoroughly familiar with the operation of your particular motorcycle.
Protect your motorcycle against theft. Using the fork lock immediately after parking your motorcycle will discourage unauthorized use or theft.
Safe motorcycle operation requires alert mental judgment combined with a defensive driving attitude. Do not allow fatigue, alcohol or drugs to
endanger your safety or that of others.
For vehicles with a sound system, adjust the volume to a non distracting level before operating vehicle.
Proper care and maintenance, including tire pressure, tire condition, tread depth and proper adjustment to steering head bearings are important to
the stability and safe operation of the motorcycle. Maintain your motorcycle in proper operating condition. Refer to Regular Service Intervals:
2016 Sportster Models.