T – Clock Guideline for Safer Riding
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!
T – TIRES & WHEELS
Tires Condition -Tread depth, wear, weathering, evenly seated, bulges,
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
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).