MOTORCYCLES ARE SINGLE
TRACK VEHICLES. THEIR SAFE
USE AND OPERATION ARE DEPEN-
DENT UPON THE USE OF PROPER
RIDING TECHNIQUES AS WELL AS
THE EXPERTISE OF THE OPERA-
TOR. EVERY OPERATOR SHOULD
KNOW THE FOLLOWING REQUIRE-
MENTS BEFORE RIDING THIS MO-
HE OR SHE SHOULD:
OBTAIN THOROUGH INSTRUC-
TIONS FROM A COMPETENT
SOURCE ON ALL ASPECTS OF
OBSERVE THE WARNINGS
AND MAINTENANCE REQUIRE-
MENTS IN THE OWNER’S MAN-
OBTAIN QUALIFIED TRAINING
IN SAFE AND PROPER RIDING
OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL TECH-
NICAL SERVICE AS INDICATED
BY THE OWNER’S MANUAL
AND/OR WHEN MADE NECES-
SARY BY MECHANICAL CONDI-
● Always make pre-operation checks. Careful checks may help prevent an accident.
This motorcycle is designed to carry the operator and a passenger.
The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of automobile/motorcycle accidents.
Many accidents have been caused by an automobile driver who did not see the motorcycle. Making yourself conspicuous appears to be very effective in reducing the chance of this type of accident.
Wear a brightly colored jacket.
Use extra caution when approaching and passing through intersections, since intersections are the most likely places for motorcycle accidents to occur.
Ride where other motorists can see you. Avoid riding in another motorist’s blind spot.
Many accidents involve inexperienced operators. In fact, many operators who have been involved in accidents do not even have a cur-
● rent motorcycle license.
Make sure that you are qualified and that you only lend your motorcycle to other qualified operators.
Know your skills and limits.
Staying within your limits may help you to avoid an accident.
We recommend that you practice riding your motorcycle where there is no traffic until you have become thoroughly familiar with the motorcycle and all of its controls.
Many accidents have been caused by error of the motorcycle operator. A typical error made by the operator is veering wide on a turn due to EXCESSIVE SPEED or un-
● dercornering (insufficient lean an-
● gle for the speed).
Always obey the speed limit and never travel faster than warranted by road and traffic conditions.
Always signal before turning or changing lanes. Make sure that
● other motorists can see you.
The posture of the operator and passenger is important for proper control.
The operator should keep both hands on the handlebar and both feet on the operator footrests during operation to main-
● tain control of the motorcycle.
The passenger should always hold onto the operator, the seat strap or grab bar, if equipped, with both hands and keep both feet on the passenger footrests.
Never carry a passenger unless he or she can firmly place both feet on the passenger footrests.
Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
The majority of fatalities from motorcycle accidents are the result of head injuries. The use of a safety helmet is the single most critical factor in the prevention or reduction of head injuries.
Always wear an approved helmet.
Wear a face shield or goggles.
Wind in your unprotected eyes could contribute to an impairment
● of vision that could delay seeing a hazard.
The use of a jacket, heavy boots, trousers, gloves, etc., is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions or lacerations.
Never wear loose-fitting clothes, otherwise they could catch on the
● control levers, footrests, or wheels and cause injury or an accident.
Never touch the engine or exhaust system during or after operation.
They become very hot and can cause burns. Always wear protective clothing that covers your legs, ankles, and feet.
● Passengers should also observe the precautions mentioned above.
Modifications made to this motorcycle not approved by Yamaha, or the removal of original equipment, may render the motorcycle unsafe for use and may cause severe personal injury.
Modifications may also make your motorcycle illegal to use.
Loading and accessories
Adding accessories or cargo to your motorcycle can adversely affect stability and handling if the weight distribution of the motorcycle is changed. To avoid the possibility of an accident, use extreme caution when adding cargo or accessories to your motorcycle. Use extra care when riding a motorcycle that has added cargo or accessories.
Here are some general guidelines to follow if loading cargo or adding accessories to your motorcycle:
The total weight of the operator, passenger, accessories and cargo must
not exceed the maximum load limit of
183 kg (403 lb). When loading within this weight limit, keep the following in mind:
● Cargo and accessory weight should be kept as low and close to the motorcycle as possible. Make
● sure to distribute the weight as evenly as possible on both sides of the motorcycle to minimize imbalance or instability.
Shifting weights can create a sudden imbalance. Make sure that accessories and cargo are securely attached to the motorcycle before
● riding. Check accessory mounts and cargo restraints frequently.
Never attach any large or heavy items to the handlebar, front fork, or front fender. These items, including such cargo as sleeping bags, duffel bags, or tents, can create unstable handling or a slow steering response.
Genuine Yamaha accessories have been specifically designed for use on this motorcycle. Since Yamaha cannot test all other accessories that may be available, you must personally be responsible for the proper selection, installation and use of non-Yamaha accessories. Use extreme caution when selecting and installing any accessories.
Keep the following guidelines in mind, as well as those provided under “Loading” when mounting accessories.
● Never install accessories or carry cargo that would impair the performance of your motorcycle. Carefully inspect the accessory before using it to make sure that it does not in any way reduce ground clearance or cornering clearance, limit suspension travel, steering travel or control operation, or ob-
● scure lights or reflectors.
Accessories fitted to the handlebar or the front fork area can create instability due to improper weight distribution or aerody-
● namic changes. If accessories are added to the handlebar or front fork area, they must be as lightweight as possible and should be kept to a minimum.
Bulky or large accessories may seriously affect the stability of the motorcycle due to aerodynamic effects. Wind may attempt to lift the motorcycle, or the motorcycle may become unstable in cross winds. These accessories may also cause instability when passing or being passed by large vehicles.
Certain accessories can displace the operator from his or her normal riding position. This improper position limits the freedom of movement of the operator and may limit control ability, therefore, such accessories are not recommended.
Use caution when adding electrical accessories. If electrical accessories exceed the capacity of the
motorcycle’s electrical system an electric failure could result, which could cause a dangerous loss of
● lights or engine power.
Gasoline and exhaust gas
● GASOLINE IS HIGHLY FLAMMA-
Always turn the engine off when
Take care not to spill any gasoline on the engine or exhaust system when refueling.
Never refuel while smoking or in the vicinity of an open flame.
Never start the engine or let it run for any length of time in a closed
● area. The exhaust fumes are poisonous and may cause loss of consciousness and death within a short time. Always operate your motorcycle in an area that has adequate ventilation.
Always turn the engine off before leaving the motorcycle unattended and remove the key from the main switch. When parking the motorcy-
● cle, note the following:
The engine and exhaust system may be hot, therefore, park the motorcycle in a place where pedestrians or children are not likely to touch these hot areas.
Do not park the motorcycle on a
● slope or soft ground, otherwise it may fall over.
Do not park the motorcycle near a flammable source (e.g., a kerosene heater, or near an open flame), otherwise it could catch fire.
When transporting the motorcycle in another vehicle, make sure that it is kept upright and that the fuel cock(s) are turned to “ON” or
“RES” (for vacuum type)/“OFF”
(for manual type). If the motorcycle should lean over, gasoline may leak out of the carburetor or fuel tank.
If you should swallow any gasoline, inhale a lot of gasoline vapor, or allow gasoline to get into your
eyes, see your doctor immediately. If any gasoline spills on your skin or clothing, immediately wash the affected area with soap and water and change your clothes.
Please read the following important labels carefully before operating this vehicle.
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BEFORE YOU OPERATE THIS VEHICLE, READ
THE OWNER’S MANUAL AND ALL LABELS.
ALWAYS WEAR AN APPROVED MOTORCYCLE
eye protection, and protective clothing.
3 California only
This unit contains high pressure nitrogen gas.
Mishandling can cause explosion.
Read owner's manual for instructions.
Do not incinerate, puncture or open.
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1. Headlight (page 6-35)
2. Fuel cock (page 3-7)
3. Air filter element (page 6-15)
4. Helmet holder (page 3-9)
5. Owner’s tool kit (page 6-1)
6. Shock absorber assembly spring preload adjusting nut (page 3-9)
7. Shock absorber assembly rebound damping force adjusting dial
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8. Shift pedal (page 3-4)
1. Battery (page 6-33)
2. Fuse (page 6-34)
3. Engine oil filter element (page 6-12)
4. Engine oil level check window (page 6-12)
5. Brake pedal (page 3-5)
6. Spark arrester (page 6-16)
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