This motorcycle is equipped with a 5-speed “return shift” transmission. The neutral is located halfway between 1st and 2nd gear. “Return shift” means that when shifting up or down, each gear must be engaged before the next higher or lower gear may be selected. To engage first gear from the neutral position, pull in the clutch lever and push down on the shift pedal, gently release the clutch lever, then release the shift pedal.
To shift up to the next gear, pull in the clutch lever, lift the shift pedal with your toes, gently release the clutch lever, and then release the shift pedal. To shift down to the next gear, pull in the clutch lever, push the shift pedal down as far as it will go, gently release the clutch lever, then release the shift pedal. For maximum deceleration, close the throttle and apply both front and rear brakes. Pull in the clutch lever as the motorcycle comes to a stop.
Independent use of the front or rear brake may be advantageous in certain circumstances. Shift down progressively to ensure good engine response at all speeds.