Oregon Motorcycle & Moped Manual 2012 – 2013

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Oregon Motorcycle & Moped Manual 2012 – 2013

After you get on the motorcycle, complete the following checks before

starting out:

• Clutch and throttle—Make sure they work smoothly. The throttle should

snap back when you let go. This is one of the most important controls. Twist

the throttle toward you to speed up and away from you to slow down. The

clutch should feel tight and smooth.

• Mirrors—Clean and adjust both mirrors before starting. It’s difficult to ride

with one hand while you try to adjust a mirror. Adjust each mirror so you can

see the lane behind and as much as possible of the lane next to you. When

properly adjusted, a mirror may show the edge of your arm or shoulder—but

it’s the road behind and to the side that’s most important.

• Brakes—Try the front and rear brake controls one at a time. Make sure each

one feels firm and holds the motorcycle when the brake is fully applied.

• Horn—Try the horn. Make sure it works.

In addition to the checks you should make before every trip, check the

following items at least once a week: Wheels, cables, fasteners, and fluids. Follow

your owner’s manual recommendations.

2.3 Special Equipment for Mopeds

Although mopeds and motorcycles have some of the same equipment, there are

major differences. Here are the moped controls you should be familiar with:

• Fuel valve—This control regulates the flow of fuel from the gas tank to

the carburetor.

• Engine cut-off switch—This control is intended for emergency use when you

have to switch the engine off quickly. The location of this switch may vary.

• Spokes—Loose spokes also affect stability and control. Be sure the spokes

on your moped are tight. When tapped with a screwdriver, a tight spoke

will ring and a loose one will thud. Have loose spokes tightened by a

qualified mechanic.

2. If you borrow a motorcycle:

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

A. Don’t worry about checking the tire pressure.

B. It will always handle the same as your own bike.

C. The person you borrow it from will make sure the brakes work.

D. Give yourself an extra cushion of space to allow more time

to react.

Answer—page 50

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