Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook

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Getting off the road

If you have to leave the roadway to check the motorcycle or to rest for a while, here are two important things to do:

  1. Check the roadside
    Engine seizure is caused by overheating or lack of lubrication. Without oil, the engine’s moving parts will no longer move smoothly against each other, and the engine will overheat. The first symptom may be a loss of engine power. You may also notice a change in the engine’s sound.
  2. Pull well off the road
    If your engine starts to seize, squeeze the clutch lever, disengaging the engine from the rear wheel. Pull off the road to the shoulder and stop. Let the engine cool. While you may be able to add oil and restart the engine, it should be thoroughly checked for damage.


Rev: 2015