Pre-Ride Checklist: Safety Tips for Any Motorcycle Outing

Pre-Ride Checklist: Safety Tips for Any Motorcycle Outing

SpeedThe most important aspect of a successful and enjoyable ride on your motorcycle is safety. You should always ensure that you have the proper gear and are riding correctly so you can have a fun ride with less chance of serious injury. The following tips will help you prepare yourself and your bike before every ride, so you know that you have done everything in your power to keep yourself safe and on two wheels.

Motorcycle Safety Course

Before you ever get on a bike, you should take a motorcycle safety course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s list of accredited courses will help you find one near you. ABATE organizations (search by state) also host classes for a nominal fee. These courses will teach you how to prepare yourself and your bike. If your dirt bike is street legal, you will need to know the rules of the road for motorcyclists, how to avoid accidents and stay safe in the midst of cars and trucks.

Personal Gear

You may not ride that hard, but accidents can still happen. The proper gear is key to ensuring safety. Start out with sturdy boots that cover your ankles. Proper moto boots can be expensive, but they can also save you from a broken ankle. Jeans or specific riding pants, plus a long-sleeved shirt or jacket are also recommended. Leather gloves and a helmet with face shield or goggles should be worn as well. If you want additional protection, neck braces are a good investment. Never get on a motorcycle, sport or moto, without a good helmet.

Mechanical

Next up, check any mechanical parts to make sure everything is functioning properly. Make sure the chain is lubed properly and has the right tension. Ensure that your tires are inflated to the proper pressure. Top off fluids such as oil and fuel to make sure your bike has what it needs to operate properly. You should also take your bike to your local motorcycle shop on a regular basis to have it serviced.

Safety

Check the safety features on your bike. Is the clutch pulling freely? Do the brakes need new pads or need to be bled? Are the fork stanchions in good shape, free of nicks and dents? Check the spokes and make sure they’re all tight and wheels are true. These are just some of the issues that could leave you stranded in the woods.

Taking 10 minutes to check yourself and your bike to make sure everything is in place can save you a lot of time and hassle once you hit the road or trail. By making sure you ride safely, you and your companions will have a fun, stress-free ride and you can concentrate on taking in the scenery with your knees in the breeze.

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