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
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, licensed riders and 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
Maintain your motorcycle in proper operating condition in accordance with Regular Service
Intervals: 2014 Touring Models. Proper care and maintenance, including tire pressure,
condition and tread depth plus proper adjustment to steering head bearings are important to
the stability and safe operation.
When lifting a motorcycle using a jack, be sure jack
contacts both lower frame tubes where down tubes and
lower frame tubes converge. Never lift by jacking on cross
members, oil pan, mounting brackets, components or
housings. Failure to comply can cause serious damage
resulting in the need to perform major repair work.
Do not operate vehicle with forks locked. Locking the forks
restricts the vehicle's turning ability, which could result in
death or serious injury. (00035a)