HOW TO RIDE - GAS SHREDDER
HOW TO RIDE
The gas DTV Shredder is unlike anything else in Powersports. Learn more on how best to ride and control your gas DTV Shredder.
How to Ride the DTV Shredder
The DTV Shredder is unlike anything else in Powersports. Understanding the Shredder’s two key control mechanisms is critical – Throttle and Deck Control.
Throttle: Engaging the throttle causes forward momentum as with most other Powersports.
Deck Control: Directional steering of the DTV Shredder is controlled by leaning left to turn left and leaning right to turn right much like a skateboard or snowboard. When directional pressure is applied to the deck, the Shredder will respond by turning. Much like a jet ski, turning is only possible by applying the throttle for forward momentum.
Understanding how these mechanisms function will help you master the deck control for hours of riding enjoyment.
Leaning from side to side on the deck will influence the belt speed within the dual CVT transmission which causes one track to rotate faster than the other thus causing a turning motion. When you lean left or right, the effect will be the transmission reducing the belt speed of the left or right CVT. The result is a smooth, controlled turn and a big smile on your face.
CVT transmissions need to be engaged for them to function. Throttle application increases the amount of fuel entering the engine increasing the RPM of the motor which ultimately engages the transmission to control the steering.
DO NOT GET ON OR START YOUR DTV SHREDDER WITHOUT PROTECTIVE RIDING GEAR. YOU MUST HAVE A DOT APPROVED FULL FACE HELMET, EYE PROTECTION, HEARING PROTECTION, MOTORCYCLE / MOTOCROSS JACKET WITH ELBOW, SHOULDER AND SPINE PROTECTION, ABRASION RESISTANT LONG PANTS, BOOTS THAT COVER YOUR ANKLE AND MOTORCYCLE GLOVES WITH KNUCKLE ARMOUR. CONNECT THE ENGINE KILL TETHER TO YOUR JACKET TO SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE IF YOU DISMOUNT FROM THE SHREDDER UNEXPECTEDLY WITH THE ENGINE RUNNING.
Riding the DTV Shredder in General:
The best way to learn how to ride the DTV Shredder is to start in a wide open, off-road, level riding area without any obstacles or safety risks to you or others. Steering will engage when your Shredder reaches a slow walking speed. Practice turning left and right at slow speeds in a figure “8” pattern so you comfortably develop your riding skills before increasing speed or riding on more challenging terrain.
The Dual Track setup applies an impressive 1.1 pounds per square inch of pressure on the ground. With 416 square inches of track touching the surface it is important to be aware of the rate of deceleration of the Shredder when you disengage the thumb throttle, also known as engine braking.
For most riders, the basic riding skills can be developed in about 30 minutes. As with any Powersports, the more you ride, the better you get at riding.
Make sure you have all the required protecting riding gear on and connect the engine kill tether to your jacket before riding your DTV Shredder.
To start the engine
- Set the parking brake.
- Make sure the Engine Stop Switch Lanyard is attached before attempting to start
- Place the Fuel Petcock to the “ON” position
- If the engine is cold, place the choke lever to the “ON” position (pulled out).
Note: If the engine is already warm the choke may not be needed.
5. Pull the Pull Start Cord
6. Once engine has warmed up for a few minutes, place the choke
Riding Through Water:
Riding through water can be hazardous and can cause damage to the DTV Shredder engine if the water is too deep or your speed is too high. Prior knowledge of your terrain is critical to avoiding injury and or damage to your DTV Shredder. Ensure the water you are riding through is no more than 3-inches (10cm) deep. Ensure sure you are travelling slowly as to not allow water to enter the Air Box Scoop. Before crossing any water area, inspect the terrain entering and exiting the water area, the terrain should have a gradual slope with no obstacles. The bottom of the shallow water should be solid. If you are unsure of the water depth or terrain, do not enter the water.
- Riding your DTV Shredder through unknown water can be hazardous. Deep or fast-moving water could cause your DTV Shredder to lose traction with reduced braking ability resulting in loss of control which could lead to severe injury or death. Water in excess of 3-inches (10cm) in depth can cause severe damage to your DTV Shredder. Always wear the required protective gear before riding.
Riding in Cold Weather
Dress for the Conditions:
Plan for and dress for the worst weather conditions. Your full attire should be similar to what someone would wear on a snowmobile in sub-zero temperatures. Insulated snowmobile protective gear is specially designed for cold temperature riding where wind-chills can be considerably colder than standing temperatures.
- Inadequate riding gear that is not insulated or designed for it’s intended purpose can cause hypothermia and or frostbite resulting in serious injury or death;
- Wearing loose clothing while riding your DTV Shredder could be hazardous – loose clothing, such as a scarf, could get caught in the DTV Shredder’s moving parts;
- Make sure you are mindful of the amount of fuel you have left to ensure you have more enough to make it back safely.
Riding in Cold Weather Pre-Ride Inspection
Brake and Throttle Linkages:
Cold weather requires additional pre-ride inspection of your DTV Shredder before riding. Inspect brake and throttle linkages making sure they operate freely and correctly. Ice and snow can cause these items to freeze. If the linkages are frozen, move your DTV Shredder to a warm area until these items thaw and can function properly.
Check to make sure your DTV Shredder tracks are not frozen to the ground, if they are, pour warm water around the tracks to release the tracks from the ground. Do not attempt to remove your DTV Shredder from the ice using engine power, this could damage the engine and drive train.
Start engine and allow to warm up. Check the braking ability of the DTV by applying the brakes on level ground while travelling at a slow (walking rate) of speed.
If the brakes do not work, take the DTV to a warm area to thaw out. Once brakes are thawed, check again for proper operation, if they still do not work, take the DTV to an authorized service centre. Do not attempt to ride the DTV with brakes that do not function correctly. Preventive maintenance in cold weather riding is important. When riding in cold weather with snow, slush, water or ice – dry off your DTV Shredder including brake and throttle linkages. Apply the brakes several times to ensure the friction has dried off the brake pads and shoes. Cover your DTV Shredder with a protective cover so ice and snow cannot accumulate.
Riding over Obstacles:
You are almost certain to encounter obstacles while off-road such as rocks, tree branches, tree roots and other debris. If you encounter an obstacle that is visibly too large to go over safely at any speed, do not attempt to go over it. For smaller obstacles, you can go over it by applying the following steps:
- Significantly reduce speed while approaching the obstacle;
- Immediately before the obstacle gently apply throttle and pull back on the handlebars so the tracks go up over the obstacle;
- Proceed slowly over the obstacle until the rear of the track clears the obstacle.
- Riding over large obstacles could be hazardous;
- Riding over large obstacles could cause loss of control and cause the DTV Shredder to turn over which could result in severe injury;
- Never attempt to ride over large obstacles, such as large rocks or fallen trees;
- There is no replacement for good common sense, avoid terrain that poses a risk of injury or damage to your DTV Shredder and always wear the required protective gear before riding.
Riding on Hills
Climbing a Hill
Before climbing a hill, stop and evaluate the hill before attempting. Make sure the hill is not too steep, the terrain is not loose or slippery and that there are no obstacles. Approach the hill at a steady speed and maintain speed throughout the climb. Shift your body weight forward during the climb to ensure the front of your tracks maintains contact with the ground surface. You also may want to adjust the angle of the handle forward using the handle lock release lever (as seen on page 5 of your owner’s manual). When approaching the top of the hill, reduce the throttle as the gravitation resistance decreases. DO NOT try and turn around while climbing a hill as this make cause your DTV Shredder to roll over which could be hazardous.
Descending a Hill
Before descending a hill, stop and evaluate the hill before attempting. Make sure the hill is not too steep the terrain is not loose or slippery and that there are no obstacles. Place your body weight on the rear of your DTV Shredder and adjust the angle of the handle backwards using the handle lock release lever ((as seen on page 5 of your owner’s manual). Drive downhill slowly and apply just enough throttle to keep the clutch engaged. This will allow engine compression to help slow the machine and prevent your DTV Shredder from rolling freely downhill.
Load guidelines including accessories:
Never exceed the maximum load capacity of the DTV. This includes the weight of the rider and any cargo. This DTV is rated at 253 lbs. (115kg).
Do not add any accessory or cargo to the handlebars that could impede vision or make the DTV harder to steer.
Make sure accessories do not get in the way of any controls of the DTV. Only carry cargo that is not bulky or too heavy.
Make sure all cargo is held securely in place, loose cargo can become a hazard.
While carrying cargo, go slow. Cargo can adversely affect handling at higher speeds
Allow plenty of distance to stop while carrying cargo, The more weight on the DTV, the longer distance it will take to stop.