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Rider Skills

Starting Your Machine

Before you even start up a machine, remember that YOU will become 100% responsible for the operation of any powered machine that you’re operating. Do you accept this  responsibility? If the answer is yes, then go ahead and fire it up!

Use these steps to ensure a safe smooth start-up, and always refer to your owner's manual for any specific instructions.

STEP 1:

Make sure the machine is facing a safe direction (i.e. there are no kids, dogs or obstacles around that you could accidentally hit).

STEP 2:

Engage the parking brake (if equipped).

STEP 3

Turn on the fuel valve (if equipped) and turn the ignition key (if equipped).

STEP 4

Check that the transmission is in neutral, or in park (manual = neutral/automatic = park).

STEP 5

Check that the engine stop switch is in the ‘RUN’ or ‘ON’ position.

STEP 6

If the engine is cold and is equipped with a choke, adjust the choke to increase the engine's fuel intake.  

STEP 7

If you’re operating a manual machine, disengage the clutch.

STEP 8

Start the engine and adjust the choke to decrease fuel intake once the engine warms up.

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