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Riding a motorcycle uphill

Climbing hills can be dangerous if you don’t follow the proper procedures described in your owner’s manual. You could lose control of your ORV, or it could overturn.

In general, you should:

  • Use good judgment. If you think the hill is too steep to climb safely, don’t attempt it.
  • Start the climb by shifting into a lower gear. Speed up to maintain momentum.
  • Move up on the seat and lean forward, or stand and position your torso over the front wheels.
  • Keep your weight uphill and your feet on the footrests.
  • As you approach the top of the hill, check for any obstacles just beyond the crest. If you can’t see over the top, slow down until you can.