Motorcycle riding requires special efforts on your part to ensure your safety. Know these requirements before you ride.


  1. Always make a pre-ride inspection before you start the engine. You may prevent an accident or equipment damage.
  2. Many accidents involve inexperienced riders. Most countries require a special motorcycle riding test or licence. Make sure you are qualified before you ride. NEVER lend your motorcycle to an inexperienced rider.
  3. Many automobile/motorcycle accidents happen because the automobile driver does not “see” the motorcyclist. Make yourself conspicuous to help avoid the accident that wasn’t your fault:
    • Wear bright or reflective clothing.
    • Don’t ride in another motorist’s “ blind spot ”.
  4. Obey all national and local laws and regulations.
    • Excessive speed is a factor in many accidents. Obey the speed limits, and NEVER travel faster than conditions warrant.
    • Signal before you make a turn or lane change. Your size and maneuverability can surprise other motorists.
  5. Don’t let other motorists surprise you. Use extra caution at intersections, parking lot entrances and exits, and driveways.
  6. Keep both hands on the handlebar and both feet on the footpegs while riding.


  1. Most motorcycle accident fatalities are due to head injuries: ALWAYS wear a helmet. You should also wear a face shield or goggles as well as boots, gloves and protective clothing.
  2. The exhaust system becomes hot during operation, and it remains hot for a while after stopping the engine. Be careful not to touch the exhaust system while it is hot. Wear clothing that fully covers your legs.
  3. Do not wear loose clothing which could catch on the control levers, kickstarter, footpegs, drive chain or wheels.


Modification of the motorcycle, or removal of original equipment, may render the vehicle unsafe or illegal. Obey all national and local equipment regulations.


A motorcycle is sensitive to changes in weight distribution. Addition of accessories or cargo can impair the motorcycle’s stability and performance. To prevent an accident, use extreme care when adding and riding with cargo and accessories. These general guidelines may help you decide whether, or how to equip your motorcycle.


The combined weight of the rider and cargo must not exceed the maximum weight capacity:

109 kg ( 240 lbs ).

  1. Keep cargo and accessory weight low and close to the center of the motorcycle. Load weight equally on both sides to minimize imbalance. As weight is located farther from the motorcycle’s center of gravity, handling is proportionally affected.
  2. All cargo and accessories must be secure for stable handling. Recheck cargo security and accessory mounts frequently.
  3. Do not attach large or heavy items ( such as a sleeping bag or tent ) to the handlebars, fork, or fender. Unstable handling or slow steering response may result.


Genuine Honda accessories have been specifically designed for and tested on this motorcycle. Because the factory cannot test all other accessories, you are personally responsible for proper selection, installation, and use of non-Honda accessories. Always follow the guidelines under Loading, and these:

  1. Carefully inspect the accessory to make sure it does not obscure lights, reduce ground clearance or limit suspension travel, steering travel or control operation.
  2. Luggage racks are for lightweight items. Bulky items may snag on a tree or other nearby objects causing loss of control.
  3. Do not add electrical equipment that will exceed the motorcycle’s electrical system capacity. An electrical failure could cause a dangerous loss of light or engine power at night, far form help.