Motorcycles that are built today are so reliable that sometimes their owners merely forget to inspect their ride before using them. Check your motorcycle for parts that should be replaced soon is an essential step in safe riding. If a malfunctioning component is not detected before a ride, it could put you in a major accident that could cost you your life. Pre-ride inspections on your motorcycle cannot be stressed enough and below is a list of what you should check before you get your motor running and head out on that highway.
Check tires and wheels
Inspect your tires for the proper amount of air pressure. If it falls below the standard level, then you should put more air in them. You should do this inspection while the tires are cold. Inspect the valves for damage or leaks and check the tires carefully to see if there are any punctures. Look for objects that could be lodged in your tires and take them off if you find any. Let the wheels spin freely and check if they are rotating evenly. You can also detect bulges in tires while they are spinning.
Check for loose spokes
Check the brakes if they are all functioning correctly and that they feel firm when applied. Inspect the cables if they are correctly connected and see if there are no leaks in the hoses. If your motorcycle has ABS (Anti-lock Brake System), you could start the engine to check if the ABS indicator light turns on.
Check your motorcycle controls
Check cables and hoses to see if there are signs of leaks and damage. Follow along the wires and tubes to see if they are correctly mounted throughout the motorcycle. Check the throttle if they move correctly without any excess plays and inspect the levers for proper position and function.
Check the lights
Check if the headlights are working correctly when switched on. Check the angle of the light up against a wall and make the adjustments if needed. Go to the tail light and check if they activate when you press the brakes. Clean the reflectors and see if they are secure. Check the battery to see if there are no apparent leaks and that all the terminals are protected. Feel along the wiring for damage and proper mounting. Check oil and fluids. Inspect your motorcycle for oil or fluid leaks and then check the brake fluid if they are at the appropriate level. Check the coolant level and if the coolant’s color is standard. Inspect brake fluid levels, transmission oil and see if you have enough fuel in the tank.
Check the chassis
Inspect the suspension if it feels smooth when you are on the motorcycle. Whether your bike is fitted with a chain or belt, you should check for proper tension and any signs of damage. Check the frame for cracks or dents.
Check the kickstand
While the kickstand is supporting the bike, check for deformity. Get on the motorcycle and check if it will retract properly. The springs should feel tight, and there shouldn’t be too much play while it is retracted.
This checklist should always be performed on the motorcycle before you take it out on the road. It will be easier to remember if you keep the acronym TCLOCK in mind.
Make the necessary adjustments and repairs if you find any problems before you take a ride on your motorcycle.