Your personal safety, and the safety of those around you, is extremely important. Operating this motorcycle safely is an important responsibility. AJ1 has provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual to help you make informed decisions about safety. This information will alert you to potential hazards that could harm you or others.
It is understood that it is not practical or possible to warn you about all possible hazards associated with
operating and maintaining a motorcycle. You must use your own good judgment.
Safety information will come in a variety of different forms, including:
- Safety Labels on the Motorcycle.
- Safety Messages preceded by a safety symbol and one of these signal words:
Below are the definitions of these three words:
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY INJURED if you do not follow instructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY INJURED if you do not follow instructions.
You CAN be INJURED if you do not follow instructions.
- Safety Headings such as important safety reminders and/or precautions.
- Safety Section such as motorcycle safety.
- Instructions how to use the motorcycle safely and correctly.
This entire manual is filled with important safety information - please read it carefully.
A motorcycle can provide many years of service and pleasure, provided you take responsibility for safety, properly maintain your motorcycle and understand the challenges you may encounter while riding.
This motorcycle has been designed for younger riders. However, not all youngsters meet the physical and emotional levels that are needed for riding. Before parents allow any children to ride this motorcycle, we strongly recommend that they read this entire manual so that they are fully informed before deciding if their children are ready to ride. Listed below are some of the most important safety measures one should take when riding.
Never Ride Without a Helmet. The following statement is a proven fact: ``Helmets significantly reduce the number and severity of head injuries.” Never ride your motorcycle without a helmet. Even a crash at slow speed can result in a fatal head injury if you are not wearing a helmet. AJ1 recommends wearing helmets that have been certified for safety by helmet testing organizations that are independent from the helmet manufacturer. We also recommend that you wear eye protection, boots, gloves, and other protective gear such as off-road riding pants.
Never Carry a Passenger. This motorcycle has been designed for ONE rider only. There are no passenger pegs, footrests, handles or seat room for a passenger. Riding with a passenger can interfere with your ability to operate and/or control the motorcycle and may result in serious injury or death.
Ride Off-Road Only. This motorcycle has been designed and manufactured for off-road use only. The motorcycle is not equipped with lights, turn signals, horn and other features required to drive a motorcycle on public roads. The tires are not designed for pavement and will make the motorcycle unstable if it is ridden on pavement. If you must cross a paved road, dismount and walk the motorcycle across the road.
Ride Within Your Limits. Never attempt to ride your motorcycle in a manner that is beyond your skill level. It takes time to learn off-road riding skills. Learn to ride your motorcycle step by step. Start by practicing on safe terrain at slow speeds and gradually build your skill level. Instruction from an experienced rider(s) is highly recommended. Remember that alcohol, drug use, fatigue and ignorance can reduce your ability to make good decisions and ride safely.
Be Alert for Hazards. The terrain in which you ride can present many hazards. Always “scan” the terrain ahead of you continually. Watch for un-expected turns, drop-offs, ditches, rocks and other hazards. Always maintain a speed slow enough to allow you enough time to see and react to hazards.
Do Not Drink and Ride. Even one drink can impair your ability to ride a motorcycle safely. Each drink afterward will make the impairment worse. Do not drink and ride. Do not let your friend’s drink and ride. Remember, in most states throughout the United States, you can be arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) if you are riding a motorcycle while intoxicated. This applies to off-road motorcycles as well.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
As a parent, your child’s safety is your first priority. Riding an off-road motorcycle is very fun. However, just like riding a bicycle, bad decisions can result in injury. As a parent, you can greatly prevent accidents by making informed decisions about if, when and how your child will ride. Always supervise your child when he/she is riding.
Before you allow your child to ride, you need to decide if he/she is capable of riding. Riding readiness can vary tremendously from one person to another. Age and size are not being the only factors that help determine one’s riding readiness. There are three other factors that you should also consider before deciding if your child is ready to ride.
First, consider the physical ability of your child. Riders must be able to hold the motorcycle up, get on, and sit comfortably with both feet on the ground. The rider must also be able to reach all of the controls on the handlebars and work the brakes and clutch. Second, consider your child’s athletic ability. Your child should be good at riding a bicycle before riding a motorcycle. Determine if your child can judge speeds and distances while riding a bicycle and react with the proper hand and foot actions. Any person who does not have good coordination, balance, and agility should not ride this motorcycle.
Finally, determine your child’s level of mental maturity. It is imperative that you are honest with yourself when you ask yourself the following questions: Does your child think through problems and come to logical conclusions? Does your child obey your rules when they ride their bicycle? If your child makes bad judgments, takes un-warranted risks and/or does not obey your rules, they should not ride this motorcycle.
If you have decided that your child is ready to ride, please remember the following points and never let your child ride without a helmet. It is up to you (parent) to ensure your child’s safety, even if they learn to ride from another experienced adult. Never push your child to try things faster than they are willing or capable. Always supervise your child when they are riding and regularly remind them about safety rules. As a parent it is your responsibility to be sure that the motorcycle is properly maintained and kept in safe operating condition.
Modifying this motorcycle or using parts not manufactured by AJ1 can make your motorcycle unsafe. Before you consider making any modifications or adding an accessory, please read the following information carefully.
Improper accessories or modifications can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding modifications and accessories.
AJ1 strongly recommends that you do not remove any original equipment or modify your motorcycle in any way that may alter the design and/or operation. Such a change could drastically impair the stability, handling, acceleration, and braking capabilities of the motorcycle and cause a crash. We also strongly suggest that you do not make any modifications to the exhaust system components.
SAFETY LABEL INFORMATION
This page will show you where to find the safety labels on your motorcycle. You will find that some labels warn you of potential hazards. Others will provide important safety and maintenance information. Please read them carefully and do not remove them. If your label wears off from riding or becomes hard to read, contact your AJ1 dealer for a replacement.