The riding season is in full swing. Pre-ride inspection should be routine and automatic. It doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes and should be done before every ride. T-CLOCS is an acronym used to remind motorcycle riders of the pre-ride inspection essentials.
T – Tires, Wheels, and Brakes: check tread depth, wear, weathering, bulges, and embedded objects; check air pressure; check wheels for bent spokes or cast wheels for cracks; check rims for out of round; check bearings for free play in tires; and check brakes to determine that each brake alone keeps bike from rolling.
C – Controls: look at the levers and pedals for broken, bent, or cracked parts; be sure mounts are tight; check cables for frays or kinks; check hoses for cuts, cracks, leaks, bulges, chafing, or deterioration; be sure hose routing doesn’t interfere with steering; and check throttle to be sure it moves freely, snaps closed, and doesn’t rev when handlebars are turned.
L – Lights and Electrics: check battery terminals for clean and tight connections; check headlamp for high and low beam operation and aim; check tail lamp for operation and activation with both front and rear brake application; check left and right, front and back, turn signals; check mirrors and adjust; and check wiring for pinched or frayed wires and be sure wiring doesn’t interfere with steering.
O – Oil and Other Fluids: check fluid levels; and check for leaks.
C – Chassis: check frame for cracks; check accessory mounts; check handlebar movement for full travel; check front forks for smooth travel; and check chain or belt for tension.
S – Stands: be sure the spring is working properly to pull it up and keep it up while riding; and check for cracks or bends.
For more info, go to Motorcycle Safety Foundation.