Motorcycle Pre-Ride Checklist
- Check the tires. They are the most important parts of your bike. If your engine quits, you roll to a stop. If a tire quits - trouble! Make the effort to check the surface of the tires, looking for cuts in the rubber or foreign objects - like a nail. Check the tire pressure with a good gauge. If a tire is low every time you check it, even though you have added the proper amount of air each time, you have a slow leak. Fix it before it becomes a fast leak.
- Check the controls. Cables are quite strong and rarely break, but look for kinking or stiffness or anything unusual in their operation.
- Check your lights, including brake light, headlights, and turn signals to make sure everything works. Also check your horn and adjust the mirrors.
- Check the oil and fuel and, if the bike is liquid-cooled, the coolant levels.
- If your motorcycle has chain-drive to the rear wheel, make sure that the chain is properly tensioned and in good shape. Chains do need an occasional cleaning and dose of lubrication.
- Make sure the side stand and center stand fold up properly, and stay up. If one of the retraction springs is weak, or broken or missing, replace it.
- As you roll off, check your brakes. Just to make sure they haven’t gone away.
Information sourced from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® with permission