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  Learn

  More than 90% of riders involved in accidents had no formal training. Take a Motorcycle Rider Course to develop good basic riding techniques.

  Get Licensed  

  Nearly half of all motorcycle riders involved in accidents are unlicensed or improperly licensed.

  Prepare  

  Wear appropriate gear for comfort and protection; helmet is your most important friend.

  Be Seen  

  Stand out. Wear bright clothing and use retroreflective material.

  Be Awake  

  Fatigue and drowsiness can impair a motorcyclist's ability to react.

  Plan  

  When riding in a group, determine your route in advance and coordinate it with the other riders.

  Inspect  

  Conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle before each ride.

  Ride Sober  

  Alcohol and other drugs affect judgment and do not mix with motorcycling.

  Obey the Law 

  Don't speed; know the local traffic laws and rules of the road.

  Be Courteous 

  Be considerate on the road; show courtesy and respect to other drivers.

  Improve

  Sharpen your street-riding strategies and accident-avoidance skills by your experience; keep your equipment in well condition by periodic maintenance.


to keep your motorcycle maintained and running in peak condition

Maintenance is not only an essential part of motorcycle ownership, it can make the difference between safe riding and getting stranded-- or worse, taking a spill.

Learn how to change your oil, check and lubricate your bike's chain, ensure that your tires are inflated properly, and check your fluid levels, and you'll ride with the confidence of knowing that your bike will run reliably.

Pre-ride checks
· Tires – check condition and for foreign objects in the tread.
· Tire pressures – it is vitally important to keep your motorcycles tire pressures either on spec or very close to it.
· Oil level – always check with the bike on level ground.
· Coolant level – only if your bike's liquid cooled, obviously.
· Chain – check the tension and make sure it's well lubed.
· Brakes – check they work and that they feel good.
· Lights – check all your lights, especially the brake light, you don't want to get rear ended, do you?
· Visual inspection – self explanatory.
· All ok – hit the road.

Periodical checks
· Check battery – see that the connections are tight but. Also check the electrolyte level on some batteries, a lot of newer · batteries are gel filled, sealed for life types, so no need with these.
· Ignition timing – only necessary on some bikes, most newer models have electronic ignition which does not need touching, normally.
· Valve clearances – unless you're a good home mechanic, take it to a dealer.
· Wheel bearings – grab each wheel with it off the ground and see if there is any sideways play. There should be none or maybe a trace at most.
· Steering head bearings – with the front end off the ground, grab the forks and push and pull. There should be no play.
· Swinging arm bearings – with the back wheel off the ground, check for any sideways movement in the swing arm, there should be none.
· Brakes – check fluid levels, brake hoses for deterioration, and pads/shoes for thickness.
· Cables and levers – should operate smoothly. Get some grease on lever/pedal pivot points, and get some lube down the cables, if you can. A cable oiler is a handy tool.
· Nut and bolts – go all round the motorcycle with your spanners and check that all nuts/ bolts/screws are nice and tight.

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