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Beware the skid demon!

Honda Safety Rules
> Taken from a 1962, Honda Motor Cycle Owner's Manual. Translated by Honda
> for the “American Motorcycle Rider”
> 1. At the rise of the hand by Policeman, stop rapidly. Do not pass him by
> or otherwise disrespect him.
> 2. When a passenger of the foot, hooves in sight, tootel the horn trumpet
> melodiously at first. If he still obstacles your passage, tootel him with
> vigor and express by word of mouth, warning Hi, Hi.
> 3. Beware of the wandering horse that he shall not take fright as you pass
> him. Do not explode the exhaust box at him. Go soothingly by.
> 4. Give big space to the festive dog that makes sport in roadway. Avoid
> entanglement of dog with wheel spokes.
> 5. Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon! Press
> the brake foot as you roll around the corners, and save the collapse and
> tie up.

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Ok. Now I want to go hunting for one of these manuals in a flea market. That is awesome!
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I love engrish. I work for HOnda and it's amazing what they think translates well

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Sometimes oem service manuals have some ambiguitites in translation. I remember one that said to put some rugs under the motor to absorb the oil that might leak when doing an oil change... I'm sure they meant rags
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This gem appears to be attributed to Edwin Miller who wrote this poem (c. 1935) for tourists who needed to know about Japanese rules of the road. Could be he was mocking bad Japanese/English translation or perhaps just mocking the Japanese in general.

Does anyone have a pdf of its appearance in the Honda manual? I'd love to see that.

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Its a few years ago but we installed a new printer, which according to the manual "had to be embraced in ventilative circumstances"
we did fleetingly wonder if that meant close to the operators after they had been out for a curry.......
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