Why Not Check the Bike before the Ride?
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.