T - Clock

TIRES & WHEELS,  CONTROLS,  LIGHTS,  OIL  CHASSIS  KICKSTAND

It is very important to check your motorcycle before you ride to avoid potential problems . Remember, it's about safer riding not safer crashing!

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T - TIRES & WHEELS

Tires Condition Tread depth, wear, weathering, evenly seated, bulges, imbedded objects

Air pressure Check when cold, adjust to load/speed

Wheels Spokes Bent, broken, missing, tension, check at top of wheel “ring” OK – “thud”, loose spoke

Cast Crack, dents. front rear

Rims Out of round/true = 5mm. Spin wheel, Index against stationary pointer.

Bearings Grab top and bottom of tire and flex: No free play (click) between hub and axle, No growl when spinning front rear

Seals Cracked, cut or torn, excessive grease on outside, reddish-brown around outside.

C – CONTROLS

Levers Condition Broken, bent, cracked, mounts tight, ball ends on handlebar lever. Pivot Lubricated

Cables Condition Fraying, kinks, lubrication: ends and length. No interference or pulling at steering head,

Suspension, no sharp angles, wire looms in place.

Hoses Condition Cuts, cracks, leaks, bulges, chaffing, deterioration. No interference or pulling at steering head

Throttle Operation Moves freely, snaps closed, no revving.

L – LIGHTS

Battery Condition Terminals, clean and tight, electrolyte level, held down securely.

Vent Tube Not kinked, routed properly, not plugged

Lenses Condition cracked, broken, secure, mounted, excessive condensation.

Reflectors Condition Cracked, broken securely mounted

Wiring Condition Fraying, chaffing, insulation. pinched, no interference or pulling at steering head or suspension, wire looms And ties in place, connectors tight, clean.

Headlamp Condition Cracks, reflector, mounting and adjustment system. Aim Height and right/left.

O – OIL

Levels Engine Oil Check warm on centerstand, dipstick, sight glass.

Hypoid Gear Oil Transmission, rear drive, shaft.

Hydraulic Fluid Brakes, clutch, reservoir or sight glass.

Coolant Reservoir and/or coolant recovery tank-cool only.

Fuel Lines, fuel taps, carbs.

C – CHASSIS

Frame Condition Cracks at gussets, accessory mounts, Look for paint lifting.

Steering Head No detent or tight spots through full

Bearings travel, raise front wheel check for play by pulling/pushing forks.

Swing Arm Raise rear wheel, check for bushing/ play by pushing/pulling bearings swing arm.

Suspension Forks Smooth travel, equal air pressure/damping anti-drive settings.

Shock(s) Smooth travel, equal pre-loading/air Pressure/damping settings, linkage moves freely and is lubricated.

Chain or Belt Tension Check at tightest point.

Lubrication Side plates when hot. Note: Do not lubricate belts.

Sprockets Teeth not hooked, securely mounted.

Fasteners Threaded Tight, missing bolts, nuts.

Clips Broken, missing.

Cotter Pins Broken, missing.

K – KICKSTAND

Centerstand Condition Crack, bent.

Retention Springs in place, tension to hold position.

Sidestand Condition Cracks, bent (safety cut-out switch or pad if equipped).

Retention Spring in place, tension to hold position.

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