Safe Operating Rules
Motorcycles are different from other vehicles. They
operate, steer, handle and brake differently. Unskilled or
improper use could result in loss of control, death or
serious injury. (00556c)
Take a rider training course.
Read Owner's Manual before riding, adding accessories or servicing.
Wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing.
Never tow a trailer.
Before operating your new motorcycle it is your responsibility to read and follow the operating and
maintenance instructions in this manual, and follow these basic rules for your personal safety.
Know and respect the rules of the road. See Rules of the Road. Carefully read and
familiarize yourself with the motorcycle safety information that is provided by your country or
state. In the United States, read the RIDING TIPS booklet that is provided with your Owner's
Manual, and read through the MOTORCYCLE HANDBOOK which is made available by your
Before starting engine, check for proper operation of brake, clutch, shifter, throttle controls,
correct fuel and oil supply.
Harley Davidson parts and accessories are designed for
Harley Davidson motorcycles. Using non Harley Davidson
parts or accessories can adversely affect performance,
stability or handling, which could result in death or serious
Use only Harley Davidson approved parts and accessories. Use of certain other
manufacturer's performance parts will void your new motorcycle warranty. See your Harley
Davidson dealer for details.
Stop the engine when refueling or servicing the fuel
system. Do not smoke or allow open flame or sparks near
gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and highly
explosive, which could result in death or serious injury.
When refueling your motorcycle, the following rules should be observed.
2012 Switchback Owner's Manual