All page references refer to the 2019 Rokon Manual.
Selecting the proper speed range – Determining the appropriate speed range for the type of riding you will be doing is absolutely essential. Understanding which speed ranges are the best for certain tasks can prevent premature damage of the CVT pulleys and drive belt.
TIP – When attempting to change gear ranges it is not uncommon for the selector knob to feel stuck or bound. If this should happen, DO NOT attempt to force the selector into gear. Instead gently rock the bike forward and back as you apply pressure to the selector knob. Once the gears are aligned, the selector will slide easily into place.
1st This speed range is for heavy duty tasks such as going up very steep inclines or riding with a passenger. Use this speed range any time you are towing an implement, trailer or any other heavy load.
2nd The most commonly used speed range, 2nd gear is the most appropriate for general purpose use. This speed range provides a respectable amount of top-end speed also having sufficient low-end torque to perform well over many off-road obstacles.
3rd The high range of the gear box is intended only for quick transport of a relatively unloaded machine over smooth and level surfaces. NOTICE Improper use of 3rd range such as overloading, towing or extensive use over harsh or steep terrain can limit the lifespan of your drive belt and can also result in severe damage to the CVT system.
ALERT DO NOT leave an unmounted bike in gear; select a neutral range prior to dismounting.
Riding basics – Once the engine is running smoothly, mount the seat and settle into a comfortable stance for best balance and control function reach. Be sure that both feet can be planted flat on the ground for the best possible controllability.
Select your desired gear range and gently apply throttle until you are riding in a balanced and controlled manner. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with the handling characteristics of the ROKON on a smooth, level surface prior to attempting more complex terrain.
Put the ball of the foot, rather than the instep on the footrest. Pre-plan your route before attempting to negotiate difficult terrain. Lean into the hill when climbing switch backs.
Traversing a sloping surface requires you to properly position your weight to maintain proper balance. As you travel across or up a slope, lean your body in the uphill direction. It may be necessary to correct the steering when riding on loose surfaces by pointing the front wheel slightly uphill. When riding on slopes, be sure not to make sharp turns either up or down hill, which could cause the ROKON to turn over and potentially cause the operator and/or passenger injury.
When riding downhill, shift your weight as far to the rear and uphill side as possible. Use low gear. Whenever possible ride straight downhill. Use good judgement on limitations of grade angle. Turn into corners with the rear brake only, so as not to slide the front wheel and lose steering control. Keep throttle slightly engaged to utilize engine compression braking through the CVT system.
A ROKON handles much differently from a dirt bike or ATV. Both wheels are driven simultaneously with the same amount of power and torque. The rear wheel is not designed to freewheel or spin independently from the front. For this reason, attempting jumps or other stunts may result in roll pin breakage or severe driveline damage. Avoid spinning both tires at a high rate of speed in a low traction area before coming in contact with a high traction area (example: rapidly spinning both tires on ice before reaching bare ground or shore).