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Pre-Riding Checklist

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Insure your Motorcycle is Safe & Ready to Ride

  • Make sure the battery is charged

  • Drain the crankcase and refill with new oil.

  • Replace the oil filter if applicable.

  • Check the engine coolant for proper level, replace if necessary.

  • If the bike is chain driven, inspect the chain and drive sprockets for excessive wear or looseness. Replace or adjust as necessary.

  • If the bike is shaft driven, inspect the oil level in the final drive unit to ensure it is filled to the proper level

  • Inspect the tires. Tires with cracks, bulges, excessive wear should be replaced. Make sure the tires are inflated to the Manufacturer's specification.

  • Inspect the brake pads or shoes. All late model bikes are equipped with wear indicators showing the degree of pad or shoe wear. Consult your Owner's Manual or local Dealer if you are unsure how to perform this check.

  • If the bike is equipped with hydraulic brakes, check the fluid level to ensure it is at it's proper level. Note that most Manufacturers recommend changing this fluid at least once a season to eliminate moisture build-up in the Master brake cylinders, which can cause corrosion and eventual brake failure. Follow the Manufacturer's recommendation on fluid type.

  • Inspect all coolant hoses and brake lines for signs of deterioration or cracking. Replace if necessary.

  • Inspect all cables for ease of operation. Sticking, binding, or broken cables should be replaced.

  • Inspect all electrical accessories for proper operation. Of specific importance are the lights, turn signals, stop lights, horn and "Kill" switch. Make corrections where necessary.

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