How to Operate a Honda 70 Motorcycle

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Honda has played a major hand in introducing people to the sport of motorcycle riding. Today, Honda offers two models that are designed with the younger rider in mind, the CRF50F and the CRF70F. Unlike its smaller sibling, the CRF70F is intended to provide enough performance to entertain a rider as their skills improve. However, throwing a leg over these miniature dirt bikes can be intimidating for a first-time rider. Luckily, Honda has made the CRF70F very easy to use.

  • Start the motorcycle. Reach under the front of the gas tank and turn the ignition switch to the "ON" position. Turn the fuel valve on the left side of the gas tank to the "ON" position. Raise the choke lever on the carburetor. Unfold the kick start lever on the right of the bike. Kick the lever downward firmly. Repeat as necessary until the motorcycle starts. Allow the motor to warm up slightly by letting it run for two to three minutes. Lower the choke lever on the carburetor. Lift the motorcycle upright and raise the kick stand when you are ready to go.

  • Pull the front brake lever in completely. Shift into first gear using your left foot to lift the shift lever upwards. Release the front brake lever and roll the throttle grip back slightly to accelerate to a slow roll. Gently roll the throttle grip back to accelerate faster.

  • Roll the throttle grip forward to close the throttle and lift the shift lever upwards with your left foot to shift into second gear. Roll the throttle grip back to accelerate forward. Shift into third gear using the same procedure once you have attained a faster speed.

  • Downshift into a lower gear by rolling the throttle grip forward to close the throttle completely. Push the shift lever downward with your left foot to shift into a lower gear. Roll the throttle grip back to apply the throttle. Repeat as necessary until you have shifted from third gear to second gear and second gear to first gear.

  • Decelerate by rolling the throttle grip forward to close the throttle. Gently pull the front brake in with your right hand, using the tips of your fingers to actuate the brake lever. Simultaneously, apply a small amount of pressure on the rear brake pedal using your right foot. Release the brakes and roll the throttle back to accelerate again. Maintain braking pressure to slow to a stop.

  • Stop the motorcycle and shift downward into neutral using your left foot. Lower the kick stand and settle the motorcycle onto it. Press and hold the kill switch on the right handlebar until the motor stops. Turn the fuel valve on the left side of the gas tank to the "OFF" position. Reach under the front of the gas tank and turn the ignition switch to the "OFF" position.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear proper protective equipment when riding your CRF70F, including a motorcycle-specific helmet and goggles.
  • Always supervise our children as they learn to ride. An unattended child may be seriously injured in the event of an accident.

References

  • "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program;" The Professional Career Development Institute; 2000
  • "2005 CRF70F Owners Manual"; Honda Motor Company; 2005
  • Photo Credit boy in helmet image by Lori Boggetti from Fotolia.com
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