2017 Kawasaki Z900 — Owner's Manual
Look Over Your Shoulder. Before changing lanes, look over your shoulder to make sure the way is clear. Do not rely solely on the rear view mirror; you may misjudge a vehicle’s distance and speed, or you may not see it at all. Accelerate and Brake Smoothly.
In general your actions should be smooth as sudden acceleration, braking or turning may cause loss of control, especially when riding in wet conditions or on loose road surfaces, when the ability to maneuver will be reduced. Select Correct Gear Speeds. When going up steep slopes, shift to a lower gear so that there is power to spare rather than overloading the engine. Use Both Front and Rear Brakes.
When applying the brakes, use both the front and rear brakes. Applying only one brake for sudden braking may cause the motorcycle to skid and lose control. Use Engine Brake. When going down long slopes, help control vehicle speed by closing the throttle so that the engine can act as an auxiliary brake.
Use the front and rear brakes for primary braking. Riding in Wet Conditions. Rely more on the throttle to control vehicle speed and less on the front and rear brakes. The throttle should also be used judiciously to avoid skidding the rear wheel from too rapid acceleration or deceleration.
Braking performance is also reduced in wet conditions. Carefully ride at a slow speed and apply the brakes several times to help dry and restores them to normal operating performance. Lubricate the drive chain after wet -weather riding to prevent rust and corrosion.