Conduct a Motorcycle Safety Check After Every Ride
When you’re waiting at the airport to load a jetliner and head across the country, you expect the plane to receive comprehensive safety checks before it takes hundreds of passengers soaring through the air. There’s no reason that your motorcycle shouldn’t be subjected to similar tests and checks before each ride. While it’s true that motorcycles are now masterfully designed to remain reliable and safe, it’s dangerous to always assume that your bike is safe enough to be on the road.
The Pre-Ride Inspection Should Actually Occur After the Previous Ride
The best time to check your bike is actually right after your done riding it. It’s similar to unloading groceries—it’s far more prudent to take them into the house right when you get home, not the next morning before you leave for work. When it comes to motorcycles, this is true for a number of reasons. What if you find a nail lodged in a tire? Discovering it at the end of your ride will give you enough time before your next trip to make the necessary repairs.
Cleaning your bike after a ride is the best way to conduct a motorcycle safety check. You have a better chance of finding small problems and resolving them before they become larger, more expensive issues. Leaks, loose pieces, and corrosion are all unwanted problems that are easy enough to prevent.
Go Through the T-CLOCK
Remember those silly mnemonic devices you used in ninth grade science to memorize the periodic table? The Motorcycle Safety Foundation created its own mnemonic device to help motorcycle riders remember what to do during a basic post-ride bike check.
T for tires and wheels, C for controls, L for lights and electrics, O for oil, C for chassis, and K for kickstand. The wheels and tires are especially important because they largely determine the stability and maneuverability of your bike. Everything else on the list helps you ensure that mechanical problems like poor breaks don’t threaten your life in traffic. You already have enough to worry about staying safe with the cars and trucks on the road!
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