Performing a Motorcycle Pre-Ride Safety Check
Part of the Motorcycling For Dummies Cheat Sheet
To ensure a safe ride, you should examine your motorcycle every time you decide to hit the road. Doing an inspection only takes a few minutes and can point out little problems that can turn into some major ones through neglect.
Get into the routine of looking for the following things during a bike inspection:
Do the lights and turn signals operate properly?
Are the tires properly inflated and the tread good?
Are the wheel rims damaged? Are spokes loose or bent? If either is the case, don’t ride.
Do the throttle and clutch cables operate smoothly?
Does the bike have plenty of gas and the right amount of oil?
Are the sidestand and centerstand firmly held in place and operating smoothly?
Are the mirrors adjusted properly?
Is your license plate held securely in place?