Get Moving

• Always keep your feet on the footrests while riding to help prevent injury.
• Be sure that the engine is sufficiently warmed up before you start riding.
• Apply the rear brake and shift into a forward gear.
• Release the parking brake and apply the throttle slowly as you release the rear brake.
• If the vehicle has a manual clutch, release it slowly. If the clutch is engaged too quickly, the ATV may move suddenly, causing you to lose control or fall off the ATV.

Shifting Gears

See your owner’s manual for instructions on shifting your model of ATV. There are several
types of transmissions on ATVs.
Be certain you know how to operate the transmission of the ATV you are riding.

• Always close the throttle while shifting to prevent the front wheels from lifting.
• Learn the sounds of your engine so you can shift to keep the engine speed in the most
efficient range.
• If your ATV has a manual clutch, learn where the engagement zone is to prevent stalling,
and to allow for smooth shifting.


Your owner’s manual describes your ATV’s braking system. You may have both front and rear
brake controls, or linked brakes operated by a single control. Of course, your braking technique will depend upon your ATV’s braking system and the type of terrain you are riding on.

Many ATVs are available with four-wheel drive. When operating in four-wheel-drive mode, keep in mind:

• Using only the front brake or the rear brake has the effect of braking both the front and rear
• Abrupt deceleration from shifting to a lower gear (engine braking) will affect both the front
and rear wheels.

Some tips for braking are:

Release the throttle. • Shift to a lower gear to use the engine to slow the vehicle. • Apply both front and rear brakes equally (if equipped). • Avoid excessive braking while cornering. • Apply the brakes lightly on slippery surfaces. • Shift to a low gear when descending a hill and do not ride the brake for long periods and do not ride the brake for long periods of time.


When parking your ATV you should:
• Stop the ATV. Place the transmission in neutral or park and apply the parking brake
or engage the parking mechanism (if not already activated by placing the transmission
in park). If the ATV is equipped with a parking mechanism, allow the drive train to lock.
• Avoid parking on an incline.