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PRE-RIDE CHECKLIST

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T-CLOCK  —  PRE-RIDE CHECKLIST

INSPECT THE MOTORCYCLE PRIOR TO EACH RIDE

T – Tires and Wheels

    Tire Condition  -  Tread depth, weathering, bulges, imbedded objects, uneven wear

    Air Pressure  -  Check cold.  Normal loss is a pound or two a week

    Spokes  -  Check for broken, bent or missing spokes

    Rims  -  Check for out of round and out of true

    Wheel Bearings  -  No free play and no growl when spinning

C – Cables and Controls

    Throttle, Clutch, Brake Cables  -  Correct free play, smooth operation, no fraying

    Shifter  -  Securely mounted, operates smoothly

    Brakes  -  Operate smooth, don’t drag excessively, pads greater than minimum thickness

    Kill Switch  -  Shuts off engine when moved to the “off” position

L – Lights and Electronics

    Battery  -  Terminals tight/clean, water level OK, secured, proper routing of breather tube

    Wiring  -  None frayed or pinched, especially important at steering head

    Switches  -  Make sure all operate correctly (kill switch, headlight, brakes, signals, horn)

    Lighting  -  Check light bulbs (headlights, tali/brake, markers, signals, instruments)

    Horn  -  Proper mounting and insure that it works

O – Oil and Fuel

    Leaks  -  Check for leaks (coolant, brake/clutch fluid, engine oil, final drive)

    Levels  -  Check oil level on center stand when cold

    Air Filter  -  No blockage, clean and not torn

    Fuel Lines  -  Not bent, leaking or cracked and properly secured with clamps

    Brake/Clutch  -  Fluid Correct levels, no leakage, no hose deterioration

C – Chain and Chassis

    Drive Chain/Belt  -  Check for wear, proper adjustment, lubrication, master link clip

    Sprockets  -  Check for wear

    Chain Guard  -  Securely mounted

    Foot Pegs -  Should fold up and be securely mounted

    Steering Head Bearings  -  No détente in middle, no binding, smooth operation

    Swing Arm Bushings  -  Check for movement at swing arm pivot

    Accessory Mounts  -  Secure, not missing bolts or interference with steering/suspension

    Cotter Pins & Clips  -  No missing clips, also check where mechanical cables attach

    Frame  -  Look for cracks, accessory mounts, steering head & engine cradle

    Shocks and Forks  -  Check for leaks, smooth operation, air pressure, alignment

K – Kickstand

    Side Stand  - Not bent, retracts fully, proper ground clearance

    Center Stand  -  Not bent, retracts fully, proper ground clearance

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