The complete DTV Shredder Riders Guide
Search the sections below to find answers you’ll need to get started riding and maintaining your 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.
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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 t
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, MOTORCYCLE / MOTOCROSS JACKET WITH ELBOW, SHOULDER AND SPINE PROTECTION, APPRASION 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.
DTV Shredders are different than any other type of vehicle in that turning is controlled by the weight of the rider shifting right or left. Practice these steps on a flat, level, obstacle-free surface.
Steps for proper turning:
- Let off the throttle to slow down before a turn. The vehicle decelerates VERY QUICKLY on its own due to the resistance of the tracks and engine braking. Use brakes if necessary. Decelerating during a turn can easily cause a loss of balance and control, so make sure to slow down before turning.
- Once slow enough to make the turn, move body weight to the inside of the turn.
- Look into the direction of the turn while shifting weight to the inside of the turn.
- Once turned in the proper direction shift body weight back to the center of the Deck.
FOR HIGHER SPEEDS OR SHARPER TURNS Depending on the speed going into a turn, the rider will need to adjust body weight accordingly. For faster speeds, the rider will need to shift more body weight to the inside of the turn. The important factor in turning is doing so under control. Make sure the capabilities of the rider can match the maneuver. Practice turning on an obstacle free dirt surface.
Riding Through Water
Riding through water can be hazardous, and can cause damage to the DTV engine if it is fast moving and/or too deep. Make sure the water you are riding through is shallow and is not more than 10cm (4in) deep. Make sure you are traveling slowly as to not allow water to enter the Air Box Scoop. Before crossing any water look at the terrain entering and exiting the water, the terrain should have a gradual slope with no obstacles. The bottom of the river or pool of shallow water should be hard. If you do not know the terrain or are not sure about the bottom of the pool or river, do not attempt to enter.
Remember to protect the environment, do not enter a river or pool of water if doing so could damage the river bank or shore line.
Brakes need to be inspected, cleaned and replaced more often if DTV is used in muddy, wet or sandy conditions. Inspect the DTV brakes regularly, have a service center clean or replace as needed.
Riding this DTV through fast or deep water be hazardous; Deep or fast moving water could cause the DTV to lose traction resulting in loss of control which could lead to severe injury or death.
Never operate this DTV in water that is more than 10cm (4in) deep. Never operate this DTV in fast moving water. Always check brakes after riding through water, wet brakes can reduce stopping ability. Make sure brakes are dried out. The brakes can be dried out from friction by applying the brakes multiple times.
Riding in Cold Weather Proper Clothing
Riding in cold weather can be hazardous. The body becoming exposed to chilly weather for a short period of time can result in hypothermia. When the body temperature drops below normal hypothermia sets in. Symptoms include not being able to perform complex tasks with the hands. The hands become numb along with the other extremities such as arms, legs and feet. Breathing becomes quick and shallow. These are just a few of the symptoms of hypothermia. Familiarize yourself with hypothermia symptoms, treatment and prevention by gaining information through the library or governmental agencies.
When planning and preparing for a ride in cold weather:
Plan for and dress for the worst weather conditions. Plan for breakdowns. Wear warm water resistant clothing such as a snowmobile suit, lined boots, wool socks, coat, warm gloves, warm hat, and face protection.
Riding a DTV in freezing weather could be hazardous.
Becoming too cold in wintry weather could result in hypothermia. Hypothermia is a condition where the body temperature drops low enough to cause injury or death.
Never operate a DTV in freezing weather without proper clothing. Be prepared for breakdowns and severe weather.
Wearing loose clothing while riding your DTV could be hazardous.
Loose clothing, such as a long scarf or shawl, could get caught in a DTV’s moving parts.
Never wear loose clothing when riding your DTV.
Riding in Cold Weather Pre-Ride Inspection
Brake and throttle linkages:
Cold weather requires additional pre-ride inspection of the DTV 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 the DTV to a warm area until these items thaw and work properly.
Check to make sure the DTV tracks are not frozen to the ground, if they are, pour warm water around the tracks to release. Do not attempt to break the DTV loose 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 traveling at a slow (walking rate) of speed.
Make sure brakes work properly.
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 center. Do not attempt to ride the DTV with brakes that do not work correctly.
Preventive maintenance in cold weather riding is important, after riding in cold weather with snow, slush, water or ice, dry off the DTV including brake and throttle linkages. Apply the brakes several times making sure that the friction has dried off the brake pads and shoes. Cover the DTV with a protective cover so ice and snow cannot accumulate.
Riding the DTV with wet or frozen brakes could be hazardous.
Wet or frozen brakes will increase stopping distance which could result in loss of control which could result in severe injury or death.
Always inspect the brakes before each ride by following the procedures in this manual.
Using engine power to release tracks that are frozen to the ground could damage DTV.
Damage to engine and drive train may occur if attempting to use engine power to free frozen tracks.
Always make sure tracks move freely before starting the DTV in cold weather.
Riding on Snow and Ice
Be sure to clear the deck and soles of your boots of excess snow and ice before riding.
Practice riding the DTV on snow and ice on a flat, obstacle free, familiar area. Learn how the DTV responds in these conditions before attempting to ride on any ice or snow covered trails. Go slow and practice turning and responding to sliding and skidding as explained in this owner’s manual.
Snow and icy sunny conditions are extremely bright, wear shaded eye protection such as a tinted face shield or goggles to help protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. This will also will help you see better.
Riding on a frozen lake or river could be hazardous. The ice on a frozen lake or river could break causing the DTV to fall through which could result in severe injury or death.
Always check the thickness of the ice by consulting with local authorities on ice conditions.
Riding on terrain that is covered with snow could be hazardous.
Terrain covered with snow can hide obstacles such as holes, large rocks, logs etc. Running into one of these obstacles could result in loss of control which could result in severe injury or death.
Always go slow when riding over snow covered terrain, be alert to changing terrain.
Deck (standing platform) should be cleared from Snow and Ice build up to reduce risk of slipping off.
You are almost certain to meet obstacles on most trails, if you meet an obstacle that is too large, turn the DTV around and do not attempt it. If an obstacle is not too large and you have the knowledge and ability (knowing the proper technique), you can cross it by applying the following steps:
- Go slow while approaching the obstacle.
- Right before the obstacle give the DTV some throttle and pull back on the handlebars so the tracks go up over the Obstacle.
- Keep going slowly 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 to turn over which could result in severe injury or death.
Never attempt to ride over large obstacles, such as large rock or fallen trees. Always make sure to follow the instructions in the manual when riding over obstacles.
Climbing a Hill
- Stop and evaluate the hill before attempting to climb. 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 body weight forward during the climb.
- Adjust the angle of the handle forward using the handle lock release lever (page 5 of owners manual).
- When approaching the top of the hill, slow down.
If it is determined that the DTV will not make it to the top of the hill:
- Do not try to turn the DTV around while riding and come back down, this could cause the DTV to roll over. Instead, once the DTV has stopped, dismount the DTV while applying the brake.
- Stand beside or behind the DTV, lower the handle enough to reach the hand controls, keep one hand ready to apply the brakes and use the throttle gently to drive forward.
Descending a Hill
To operate the DTV down a hill, follow the instructions below.
- Stop and evaluate the hill before attempting to descend. Make sure the hill is not too steep, the terrain is not loose or slippery and that there are no obstacles.
- Do not go down the hill on a sharp angle this could cause the DTV to flip over. Instead, go straight down the hill.
- Place body weight to the rear of the DTV.
- Adjust the angle of the handle backward using the handle lock release lever (page 5).
- Drive downhill slowly. Apply just enough throttle to keep the clutch engaged. This will allow engine compression to help slow the machine and prevent the DTV from rolling freely downhill.
Traversing a Hill
Traversing is an advanced maneuver due to the fact that leaning uphill also causes uphill steering simultaneously. Only attempt traversing with the recommended safety gear, and after you feel comfortable enough with your riding skill level.
In certain situations, you may experience skidding or sliding even though the brakes are not applied. Follow the riding techniques listed below to regain control.
Tracks begin to slide or skid:
To regain traction, let off the throttle until control of the DTV is achieved.
Applying the brake hard on slippery surfaces could be hazardous.
Applying the brake too hard on a slippery surface can cause the Track to lock up and the DTV to slide out of control. The DTV could turn over or slide into an object. This could result in severe injury or death.
Gently apply the brakes when on a slippery surface.
Skidding or sliding of the DTV could be hazardous. Skidding or sliding could result in the DTV sliding into an object or overturning suddenly by regaining traction resulting in severe injury or death.
Practice controlling skidding or sliding by following the instructions in this manual. Practice on a flat level dirt surface
Some surfaces are extremely slippery such as Ice and snow. On these types of, go slow, and use caution.
Load guidelines including accessories:
Never exceed the maximum load capability 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.
Power Washer Instructions
1. Turn on the power washer machine and ensure follow the proper instructions to clean the DTV. Please be careful when cleaning and avoid direct spraying of key parts.
3. Do not spray directly into engine pull cord cover and oil cooler area.
5. Do not spray directly into the bearings of bogey wheels.
7. Do not spray directly into the middle suspension shafts.
2. Do not spray directly into the snorkel and exhaust.
4、Do not spray directly into the primer and chain sprocket.
6. Do not spray directly into the bearings of track drive sprockets and chain sprockets.
8. Add some WD-40 oil on bearings and use chain lube on chains after washing the DTV.