Why Not Check the Bike before the Ride?

By King Law Firm on March 20, 2013 - Comments off

If there were simple steps motorcyclists could take to enhance the enjoyment and freedom of the ride, they would take them right? It just takes a few minutes to check your motorcycle to make sure you picked up no nails in the tires on your last ride and to perform a general safety check so you can prolong the ride.

Texas motorcycle attorney Ray King offers the following Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) checklist—simple pre-ride safety checks.

  • Begin by checking your tires. If you have engine problems you roll to a safe stop, but if your tire blows out, you are in serious trouble. Use a good tire gauge (Dial gauges are best.) to check the air pressure. You may have a slow leak in a tire if the pressure has been low the last two times it was checked. That could mean a valve leak or a small nail. Also look for cuts and foreign objects.
  • Check the oil level.
  • Check the lights—brake light, headlights, and turn signal lights. Visibility is your primary safeguard against drivers who may not expect to see motorcycles on the highway.
  • Check for anything that feels abnormal in the controls, levers, and cables.
  • If your bike is chain drive, make sure the chain is properly tensioned and lubricated.
  • Check the side or center stand for weakened springs.
  • As you begin to move forward on your bike, hit the brakes to test them before you reach highway speed.

It is important to maintain a regular service schedule. Use a trusted mechanic or have service performed by your authorized dealer.

Austin Motorcycle attorney Ray King is a motorcycle rider like you. It just takes a few minutes to be safe; then go enjoy the ride!

If you are injured in a motorcycle crash that was the fault of someone else, Ray wants you to know that his firm only handles motorcycle accident cases. Call (512) 514-6633 if you need his help. The consultation is free of charge.

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