Operation

PRE-RIDE INSPECTION

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Inspect your motorcycle every day before you ride. The items listed here will only take a few minutes to inspect, and in the long run they can save time, expense, and possibly your life.

Correct any discrepancy before you ride. Contact your authorized Honda dealer for assistance if you cannot correct the problem.

STARTING THE ENGINE

Always follow the proper starting procedure described below.

Side stand ignition cut-off system

This motorcycle is equipped with a side stand ignition cut-off system. The engine cannot be started if the side stand is down, unless the transmission is in neutral. If the side stand is up, the engine can be started in neutral or in gear with the clutch lever pulled in. After starting with the side stand down, the engine will stop if the transmission is put in gear before raising the side stand.

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NOTE:

Preparation

Before starting, insert the key, turn the ignition switch ON and confirm the following:

CAUTION:

Starting Procedure

To restart a warm engine, follow the procedure for "High Air Temperature".

Normal Air Temperature (10 - 35C / 50 - 95F):

  1. Pull the choke lever back all the way to Fully On (B), if the engine is cold.
  2. Start the engine, leaving the throttle closed.

    NOTE:

    • Do not open the throttle when starting the engine with the choke on. This will lean the mixture, resulting in hard starting.

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  3. Immediately after the engine starts, operate the choke lever to keep fast idle at 2,000 - 2,500 min-1 (rpm).
  4. About a half minute after the engine starts, push the choke lever forward all the way to Fully Off (A).
  5. If idling is unstable, open the throttle slightly.

High Air Temperature (35C / 95F) or above:

  1. Do not use the choke.
  2. Open the throttle slightly.
  3. Start the engine.

Low Air Temperature (10C / 50F) or below:

  1. Follow steps 1 - 2 under "Normal Air Temperature".
  2. When engine speed begins to pick up, operate the choke lever to keep fast idle at 2,000 - 2,500 min-1 (rpm).
  3. Continue warming up the engine until it runs smoothly and responds to the throttle when the choke lever is at fully OFF (A).

CAUTION:

Flooded Engine

If the engine fails to start after repeated attempts, it may be flooded with excess fuel. To clear a flooded engine, leave the engine stop switch onRun(RUN) and push the choke lever forward to Fully OFF (A). Open the throttle fully and crank the engine for 5 seconds. If the engine starts, quickly close the throttle, then open it slightly if idling is unstable. If the engine does not start, wait 10 seconds, then follow the High Air Temperature Starting Procedure.

RUNNING-IN

During initial running-in, newly machined surfaces will be in contact with each other and these surfaces will wear in quickly. Running-in maintenance at 1,000 km (600 miles) is designed to compensate for this initial minor wear. Timely performance of running-in maintenance will ensure optimum service life and performance from the engine.

The general rules are as follows:

  1. Never lug the engine with full throttle at low engine speeds. This rule is applicable not only during running-in but at all times.
  2. Maximum continuous engine speed during the first 1,000 km (600 miles) must not exceed 4,000 min-1 (rpm).
  3. Increase the maximum continuous engine speed by 1,000 min-1 (rpm) between odometer readings of 1,000 km (600 miles) and 1,600 km (1,000 miles). Drive briskly, vary speeds frequently and use full throttle for short bursts only. Do not exceed 6,000 min-1 (rpm).
  4. Upon reaching an odometer reading of 1,600 km (1,000 miles), you can subject the motorcycle to full throttle operation. However, do not exceed 8,000 min-1 (rpm)
    - indicated by the beginning of the tachometer redzone. (Do not let the tachometer needle enter the red zone.)

CAUTION:

RIDING

Review Motorcycle Safety before you ride.

NOTE:

Gear shifting

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Proper shifting will provide better fuel economy.

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CAUTION:

NOTE:

BRAKING

This motorcycle is equipped with hydraulically-actuated disc brakes.

Operation - Both Models:

For normal braking, apply both the brake pedal and lever while downshifting to match your road speed. For maximum braking, close the throttle and firmly apply the pedal and the lever; pull in the clutch lever before coming to a complete stop to prevent stalling the engine.

Important Safety Reminders:

System Description and Additional Operation - Standard Model:

The non-CBS/ABS/TCS model is equipped with separate hydraulic systems for the front brakes and rear brakes, like any conventional motorcycle.

Remember, extreme braking may cause either wheel to lock, reducing control of the motorcycle.

System Description and Additional Operation - CBS/ABS/TCS Model:

The CBS/ABS/TCS model is equipped with a Dual Combined Brake System. Operating the front brake lever applies the front brake and a portion of the rear brake. Operating the rear brake pedal applies the rear brake and a portion of the front brake. For full braking effectiveness, use both the lever and pedal simultaneously, as you would with a conventional motorcycle braking system.

This model is also equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) designed to help prevent wheel lock up during hard braking or during braking on uneven or other poor surfaces while running straight. Although the wheel may not lock up - if you are braking too hard in a turn the motorcycle can still lose traction, causing loss of control.

In some situations, a motorcycle with ABS may require a longer stopping distance to stop on loose or uneven surfaces than an equivalent motorcycle without ABS.

ABS cannot make up for road conditions, bad judgment, or improper operation of the brakes. It is still your responsibility to ride at reasonable speeds for weather, road surface, and traffic conditions, and to leave a margin of safety.

ABS is self-checking and always on.

NOTE

ABS Indicator Light

Normally, this light comes on when the ignition is turned ON and goes off after starting to ride (see ABS and TCS Indicator Light Operation). If there is an ABS problem, the indicator light comes on and remains on - or blinks. The ABS system does not operate when the ABS indicator light is on or blinking.

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If the ABS indicator light blinks while riding, stop the motorcycle in a safe place and turn off the engine. Turn the ignition ON again. The light should come on, and then go off after starting to ride. If it does not go off or if it blinks again, ABS is not functioning, but the brakes still work a Dual Combined Brake System and provide normal stopping ability. However, you should have the system checked by an authorized Honda dealer as soon as possible.

NOTE

CAUTION

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ABS/TCS Indicator Light Switch

To dim the intensity of the blinking ABS Indicator Light, push the ABS/TCS Indicator Light Switch.

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TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM (TCS)

For model equipped with CBS/ABS/TCS:

The Traction Control System (TCS) assists you in maintaining traction while accelerating on slippery surfaces by regulating the engine's power output when it senses the rear wheel starting to lose traction.

TCS automatically turns on when the ignition is turned ON. You have the option of turning TCS off by using the TCS ON/OFF Switch.

Riding with TCS requires no special skills or techniques. TCS does not affect braking and cannot prevent loss of traction if you enter a corner too fast. It is still your responsibility to ride at reasonable speeds for weather, road surface, and traffic conditions, and to leave a margin of safety.

When riding on loose, slippery, or uneven surfaces, you may notice the engine does not respond to the throttle in the same way it usually does. This is a sign that TCS is activated and operating. The TCS Activation Light will flash on to signal you.

NOTE:

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TCS ON/OFF Switch

This switch lets you turn TCS on or off.

Before you begin riding or while parked, you may choose to turn TCS off by pressing the TCS ON/OFF Switch. (You cannot turn TCS off if the motorcycle is moving.) The TCS OFF Indicator comes on. If TCS is off, turn it on by pressing the switch.

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TCS Indicator Light

Normally, this light comes on when the ignition is turned ON and goes off after starting to ride (see ABS and TCS Indicator Light Operation). If there is a TCS problem, the indicator light comes on and remains on - or blinks. The system does not operate when the TCS indicator light is on or blinking.

If the TCS indicator light blinks while riding, stop the motorcycle in a safe place and turn off the engine. Turn the ignition ON again. The light should come on, and then go off after starting to ride. If it does not go off or if it blinks again, TCS is not functioning. You can drive the motorcycle without TCS. However, have the system checked by an authorized Honda dealer as soon as possible.

NOTE:

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ABS/TCS Indicator Light Switch

To turn off the blinking TCS Indicator Light, push the ABS/TCS Indicator Light Switch.

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PARKING

  1. After stopping the motorcycle, shift the transmission into neutral, turn the ignition switch OFF and remove the key.
  2. Use the side or center stand to support the motorcycle while parked.

    CAUTION:

    • Park the motorcycle on firm, level ground to prevent it from falling over.
  3. To help prevent theft, Lock the steering.

ANTI-THEFT TIPS

  1. Always lock the steering and never leave the key in the ignition switch. This sounds simple but people do forget.
  2. Be sure the registration information for your motorcycle is accurate and current.
  3. Park your motorcycle in a locked garage whenever possible.
  4. Use an additional anti-theft device of good quality. When you park your motorcycle, we recommend that you secure it by using the securing point and a commercially available chain and lock or equivalent.
  5. Put your name, address, and phone number in this Owner's Manual and keep it on your motorcycle at all times. Many times stolen motorcycles are identified by information in the Owner's Manuals that are still with them.
	NAME:  _______________________________________
	ADDRESS: _____________________________________
	______________________________________________
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	PHONE NO: ____________________________________
	

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