Our bikes carry essentially the most precious cargo there is : us. Taking time for a routine inspection might make a big difference in terms of safety and our enjoyment with the ride. No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road, or offer an accident because of mechanical malfunction.
We know that we’re vulnerable while travelling and that riding a street motorcycle carries risk. We can execute a lot to lesson that risk by making both we as well as our bikes are fit and ready to ride.
Pre-ride inspections confirm they’re worthy to handle us; checking them post-ride will catch any parts that could have come loose and we’ll be capable of note minor changes before they become major problems.
Your best resource is your owner’s manual. Make these items section of your regular checks:
Pressure: Measure when tires are cold. Both the tire and street motorcycle manufacturer will have specifications and most likely, front and rear tires changes.
Tread: If you’re down on the wear bars, it’s time regarding new tires. Look for utilized tread, uneven wear, cracks, bulges, cupping, as well as any foreign objects. The photo shows something we located at one of our workshops.
Spokes: Evenly tight and intact; they is usually tightened with a spoke wrench. Rims ought to be true with no dents.
Drive System: Unless it’s electric, your bike could have either a chain, belt push or drive shaft. Make sure chain tension is correct and that it’s well lubricated. Check push belt for wear and tension; if you have a canal drive, check fluid levels and we now have no leaks.
Cables & hoses: No fraying or kinking; not any binding when handlebars are triggered.
Fluid levels: Oil, brake smooth, transmission, and coolant. Refer to your owner’s manual for the way in which to assess. Make sure you can find no leaks.
Lights and electrics: Trigger brake light with front as well as rear brakes independently; check top and rear indicators, horn, headlights : high and low beams.
Throttle: Should snap time for home position.
Brakes: – check out brake pads for wear occasionally. Test both front and rear to ensure they’re working satisfactorily.
Side stand: Retracts firmly: no bending, cracks or damage; the spring is intact plus the cut-out switch functions.
Clutch as well as brake levers: Smooth operation, correct quantity of free play and proper modification.