PRE SEASON RIDING CHECKLIST TO INSURE THE MOTORCYCLE IS SAFE AND READY TO RIDE
· Make sure that the battery in the bike is fully charged.
· Drain the crankcase and refill with new oil. Replace the oil filter if applicable.
· Check the engine coolant for proper level, replacing it if necessary.
· If the bike is chain or belt driven, inspect the chain and drive sprockets/pullies 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 tires. Tires with cracks, bulges or excessive wear should be replaced. Make sure that the tires are inflated to the manufacturers specifications.
· 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 owners manual or local dealer if you are unsure of how to perform this check.
· If the bike is equipped with hydraulic brakes, check the fluid level to ensure it is at the proper level. Note that most manufacturers recommend changing this fluid at least once a season to eliminate moisture build up in the master cylinders that can cause corrosion and eventual brake failure. Follow the manufacturers recommendation on brake fluid type.
· Inspect all coolant hoses and brake likes for signs of deterioration or cracking. Replace if necessary.
· Inspect all cables for ease of operation. Sticking, binding or broken cables should be replace.
· 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 to eliminate these problems.