THE MANDATORY PRE-RIDE CHECKLIST
Make sure you have the right amount and quality of
engine oil and transmission fluid. Most bikes come with
a sight glass for quick inspection. Monitor the run-time
on your fluids using an hour meter (install one if your
bike doesn’t have one).
Make sure that your air
filter is clean and properly
oiled. Replace the filter if it
is dirty, not properly oiled
or has been ripped. Make
sure the filter is mounted
correctly to the air boot.
This is especially important
Lubricate the chain, making sure to penetrate the chain
rollers. Also, check the chain slack (consult your owner’s
manual for the proper amount of free play). Inspect the
sprocket teeth and chain for excessive wear and replace
if necessary. It’s also advisable to check the wear on the
chain sliders and rollers.
Make sure your bike has fresh fuel. Tighten the gas
cap, and check that the vent hose is unobstructed.
Check the radiator coolant level by removing the radia-
tor cap, but only when the engine is cool. Replenish any
lost coolant, and make sure that fluid isn’t leaking out
through a hole in the radiator or through damaged hoses.
Check the tightness and torque of all the critical bolts.
Your owner’s manual will have the proper torque
specifications for your model. Don’t overlook the
steering-stem nut, shock linkage, fork pinch bolts,
sprocket bolts or exhaust pipe.
It’s important to inspect your motorcycle every time you ride. Though it may seem redundant, habitually going through this pre-ride checklist will drastically
reduce the chance of bike failure and serious harm to
man and machine. Remember, don’t ride without taking
the time to look over your bike.