T – Clock Guideline for Safer Riding

T – Clock

It is very important to check your motorcycle before you ride to avoid
potential problems .

Remember, it’s about safer riding not safer crashing!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Centerstand Condition Crack, bent.

Retention Springs – In place, tension to hold position.

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