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Rider Basics

ATV Terminology: The Controls

 

Ignition Switch:
This switch must be in the ‘ON’ position in order to start the machine.
Engine Stop Switch:
This switch is operated by the rider’s thumb and is used to quickly stop the engine without removing your hands from the handlebars.
Brake Lever:
A lever or control that when squeezed, will slow down or stop the ATV, depending on how much pressure you apply with your hand.
Parking Brake:
A device that, when set, will prevent your machine from accidentally moving while parked or when being transported.
Foot Brake:
A pedal located on the right side of the machine that, when pushed with your foot, will bring the rear wheels to a stop. This brake should be used in combination with the front brake for a smooth stop.
Headlight Switch:
This switch turns the headlights on and off. Some machines also have low-beam and high-beam options.
Clutch:
This lever is located on the ATV handlebars which, when operated by hand, will engage or disengage the engine from the transmission. On machines with a manual transmission, the clutch must be engaged in order to start the machine and to switch gears.
Choke:
Often an adjustable lever or knob, the choke controls the amount of air that is delivered into the engine, and  should be used when starting up a cold engine.
Throttle Control:
This is your ‘GO’ lever, located on the handlebar on your right side. Applying pressure to the throttle with your thumb will make the ATV accelerate forward (or backward, if the machine is equipped with reverse).
Handlebars:
These are what the operator holds onto and uses to steer the machine. Many of the operating controls are located on the handlebars.
Shift Lever:
If your ATV has a manual transmission, the ‘shift lever’ will allow you to switch gears. It’s located on the left side of the machine, slightly above the foot rest.
Instrument Panel:
Located directly in front of the seated rider, this panel is like your ‘dashboard’ and includes the speedometer (your speed indicator) and tachometer (your Rotations per Minute (RPM) indicator). 

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Boat in the water with people sitting aboard
Hunter with a bow in tall grass at dusk
Man on yellow ATV riding through dirt tracks
Person on snowmobile riding through snowy trail
Person paddling in white water rapids
Three individuals backpacking across a yellow, grassy plain

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