Preparing for
a Ride

Preparing for a ride

A safe and enjoyable ride begins with good planning and preparation. Always ride with at least one other person, and let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return.

Before riding, get acquainted with your ATV or Side-by-side and how it works. Read your owner's manual for important instructions, safety tips and information on break-in guidelines. In addition to regular scheduled services, perform all pre-ride and other periodic checks to keep your ATV or Side-by-side well maintained.

Prior to riding in an unfamiliar area, find out if special permits are required. Get maps so you can study the terrain and talk to other riders who know the area. The Ministry of Natural resources, riding clubs, and off-road magazines are also good sources of information.

What to take with you

What you take with you during a ride depends on the kind of terrain you'll be exploring, how long you expect to ride, how far you might go from your base camp and how experienced you or your companions are.

Along with your proper riding gear, you should always pack tools and supplies. We recommend:

• Water
• Snacks
• First-aid Kit
• Owner’s Manual
• Toolkit
• Tire repair supplies and spare tires
• Extra parts, control levers, cables and spark plugs
• Wire, duct tape and rope tow strap

If you decide to take some tools, spare parts, or other supplies on the trail, be sure you can carry them safely and know how to use them. Always follow the loading guidelines and weight limit for your ATV or Side-by-side. If you require more information on the cargo you can carry, speak to your Honda dealer.

Pre-ride inspection

Doing a pre-ride inspection is much easier than doing a repair in the middle of a ride. Before you head out, make sure all of the essentials are in good working order.

  • Check the levels of engine oil, fuel, and coolant. Look for any leaks and fill up if necessary.

  • Check the condition and pressure of the tires

  • Check the throttle for smooth opening and full closing in all steering positions

  • Check that the engine stop switch works properly

  • Check the operation of the front and rear brakes and make sure there is no brake fluid leakage

  • Check the condition and amount of slack in the drive train and lubricate if necessary

  • Check that the headlight and tail/brake light function properly.

  • Check that the ignition cut-off system works properly.