Guru On October - 16 - 2006

Dear Royal Enfield Motorcycle Riders,

 

We are launching a training programe for Royal Enfield Motorcycle owners.This program is meant specially for Royal Enfield Motorcycle users.

 

After going through this program,you will get an idia on safe riding of your Royal Enfield Motorcycle.

 

 

Safe riding of a royal enfield motorcycle can be divided into EIGHT categories.

 

 

* Pre-Ride Checks

* Riding Dress

* Sitting posture

* Braking

* Cornering

* Gradient Operation

* Recognition

* Others

 

PRE RIDE CHECKS

 

 

Pre ride checks are to be performed every day before the motorcycle is taken out on the road.

 

· Check any leakage in the fuel tank.

· Check the fuel level in fuel tank.

 

* Check lubrication oil level in the lubrication tank.

* Oil level should be between ‘L’ & ‘H’ mark of dip stick.

*

If level is low top up with recommended oil up to ‘H’ mark of dip stick.

 

* Check free play and smooth operation of clutch lever.

* Free play of clutch lever should be 2 to 3 mm.

 

* Check free play and smooth operation of front brake.

* Check free play and smooth operation of Rear brake.

 

* Check free movement of steering by rotating handle.

* Steering should move smoothly without any restriction.

 

* Check Tyre pressure in both the wheels.

* Recommended tyre pressure is front wheel- 18 to 20 PSI

 

Rear wheel- 28 to 30 PSI

 

* Check spokes of both the wheels for looseness

* Spokes should be in tight position.

 

* Check drive chain for slackness

* Slackness of drive chain should be 20 to 30 mm

 

· Check Electrolyte level in the battery. If less top up with distilled water up to the mark provided on the battery.

· Check the availability of Tool kit in tool box.

· Start the motorcycle and check for unusual sound and vibration.

· Check the operation of lights and horn.

· Set the rear view mirrors.

· If every thing is all right, your motorcycle is ready for riding.

 

 

Pre ride test can be performed by the owner/rider of the motorcycle him self. In addition to your safety this test also prevent break down of the motorcycle in the way.

 

1.Prefered to wear light coloured cloths as other road users easily notice it.

2.Trouser-snug fitting but comfortable

3.Riding boots or shoes.

4.Soft leather gloves for hands.

5.Prefered to wear full mask helmet.

 

Avoid loose clothing. It may get caught by moving components of your bike.

 

SITTING POSTURE

 

· Sit on the center of the bike that is ,at front half of the seat.

 

· Keep your toes in straight ahead direction

 

· Press the knees tightly against fuel tank for better balance

 

· Run two fingers on the hand lever for quicker action

 

· Sit with relaxed shoulders, keep elbow closer to the body

 

· Look extensively to get wider view without turning the head.

 

BRAKING

 

There are three types of brakes in your motorcycle.

 

 

Close the Throttle to make engine act as a brake

 

· On closing throttle, the engine compression becomes a load to the rear wheel. The spinning speed of the rear wheel and the road speed of the vehicle get retarded.

 

· When the clutch lever is depressed or gear is in neutral the engine is disconnected from the rear wheel. The engine compression ceases to be a brake.

 

· Engine brake is maximum in first gear and minimum in top gear.

 

 

FRONT BRAKE

 

 

 

· Operated by hand lever at right hand side of handle. On pressing the lever, the brake shoes at the front wheels expands and contacts the rotating rear wheel drum resulting friction retards the motorcycle speed.

 

REAR BRAKE

 

· Operated by foot brake pedal. On pressing the foot brake, the brake shoes at the rear wheels expands and contacts the rotating rear wheel drum resulting friction retards the motorcycle speed.

· Use all the brakes front, rear and engine together for maximum braking effect and brake shoes life.

· Apply rear and front brakes in pumping action to avoid wheel locking to prevent skidding.

· Never depress the clutch lever while braking.

· Apply front and rear brakes on slippery roads and on down gradient operation with utmost cautions.

· Use only Engine brake while cornering

 

CORNERING

 

Decide the speed at which you intend to take the turn, Then.

 

· Close the throttle of your Royal Enfield Motorcycle 50 meters before turning distance, to apply engine brake.

· Apply front and rear brake before 30 meters of turning distance.

· Shift down gears before 10 meters of turning distance.

· Give throttle when you reach halfway though the corner.

· Shift up the gear as you reach the straight ahead position after the cornering

 

 

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHILE TURNING

 

 

Normal Riding position

 

Good for slippery roads

 

 

 

High speed cornering

 

Use throttle and gear to control road speed

 

 

 

DO not depress clutch

 

 

Use knee grip for better balance

 

GEARING INTO THE RIGHT MODE

 

UPHILL

 

· Select the gear you think will take you to the top without shifting in the middle.

· If feel needs of reducing motorcycle speed. shift down the gear before the bike stalls.

 

· Shift to the right gear. Choose the same gear with which you go uphill.

· Keep the throttle closed.

· Use the front and rear brake minimum and cautiously.

· Never keep the clutch lever depressed.

· Never ride the motorcycle in keeping gear in neutral.

 

 

 

 

 

While overtaking

· Judge the speed, Distance and clearance of road ahead.

· Start with lower gears for better acceleration.

· Never get caught lugging in higher gears half way through overtaking.

 

Driving on Slippery road

· Shift down to lower gear for better control.

· Minimize braking in such a situation to avoid loss of control, skidding.

 

 

 

 

DRIVING ON SLIPPERY ROAD

 

 

CAUSE OF ACCIDENTS

 

An unexpected negative incident is an accident. Cause of motorcycle accidents can mostly traced to delayed recognition, faulty judgment or slow reaction.

 

 

RECOGNITION

 

· A ball comes rolling on the road.

· The rider reaction would depend on his judgment after recognizing the ball.

· If he judges that a child may also come running after the ball, he will act to reduce the vehicle speed.

· If he judges that no one would come after the ball, he would not reduce the motorcycle speed.

 

 

JUDGEMENT

Slow reaction

· The rider judges that a child would soon appear after the rolling ball.

· He will apply brakes and reduce the vehicle speed.

· Since foot is not placed above the brake pedal or fingers are not kept on hand brake lever. The action gets delayed.

 

 

REACTION

 

 

Avoid delayed recognition, erroneous judgments and slow reactions through

· Be “hear and now” while driving.

· Keep worries and dreams away

· Mentally be prepared to face the unexpected and act swiftly.

· Keep your body and limbs in positions for easy and speedy operations of controls.

· Keep focus on the total road and traffic.

· Never allow your attention to be drawn to any single object.

 

Advise for a Rider

 

· Obey traffic rules and regulation.

· There are three types of road signals: Informatory, Cautionary and Mandatory. They are for your safety; Observed them and follow them.

· Be decisive on the road. Decide about route, speed, turning, overtaking etc. well in advance.

· Adhere to speed limits.

· Be courteous and considerate to other road users.

· Be alert for quick recognition, judgment and reaction.

· Be defensive in riding :-

v Other road users may not be as knowledgeable and intelligent as you are.

v Be alert to take remedial action for co-road users errors. Ignorance and illegal acts.

· Look extensively to observe the road ahead, the sides and rear from the mirrors.

 

· Always carry documents related to your motorcycle along with you.

 

How to get better mileage

 

· Ride at cost effective speed –45 to 50 Km per hour in top gear.

· Perform preventive maintenance as per recommendations.

· Cut off needless low idling- 10 minutes of low idling wastes 70 ml fuel.

 

· Stop:-

 

v Revving: 10 revving wastes 20 ml of fuel

v Racing starts: 10 racing starts wastes 150 ml of fuel

v Sudden accelerations waste 100 ml of fuel

· Stop brake and clutch riding

· Avoid frequent braking

· Avoid overloading

· Park your vehicle in shade when not in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BE A SMART RIDER

 

Categories: Royal Enfield News

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