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Pre Ride Checklist for Motorcyclists

The Motorcyclists’ Pre-Ride Bill of Clean Health

Even the most experienced motorcycle rider understands the risk they take every time they get behind the handlebars. The sheer power and excitement of the open road is a calling to many. This thrill is where the biker lifestyle may grab you. When you ride often, you understand many of the key factors in how to ride and stay safe.

Female with green eyes wearing a helmet.
The woman is wearing a motorcycle helmet.

This is why it’s important to weigh how to keep yourself safe on the road. It will also save you money in the long run when you are not dealing with a variety of issues down the road. So this is something that every bike owner knows. How to get yourself in the right state of mind to check every time is vital.

Weigh all of the different potential issues that your bike had and may have. Check for funny and unusual noises and whether or not the bike had its scheduled maintenance. Check to see if any fluids are missing.

What are Some Key Pre-Ride Factors to Consider?

  • Should You Always Check For Leaking Oil?

This one is not only one of the biggest but also one of the most obvious. This could be due to some factors, including poor seals or engine problems. Some old timers can even diagnose the problem with the bike from tasting the oil. However, unless you have the same skill this may be a sign you have to visit the mechanic. So yes, always check the area around and under the bike for oil. It could save your life.

How Often Should You Test Your Battery?

The battery is a major piece of the puzzle. Thus, it behooves you to check it before you ride. Check to see if it’s giving enough juice to the starter or if you’re clicking. This noise could be due to a variety of issues, including matters with connections or with the alternator. Clean off the contacts carefully with a rag or piece of cloth.

What are Some Gas Tank Issues?

The gas tank could be a significant issue. Additionally, it could be due to a variety of factors. This problem might be due to a lack of quality gas or a filter issue. So keep an eye on the indicator lights in case of a problem with the engine that requires immediate attention. Sometimes the light will even come on due to a gas cap not being completely shut.

What About Air Filters?

The air filters are needed for your Hog to breathe. The bike’s air intake is essential for the engine to operate. Also, it could require cleaning. Dust, leaves, bugs and more can help clog up a filter. In some cases the filter can be cleaned on the road– in others, you will have to replace it.

Change Spark Plugs Regularly?

Spark plugs can cause a variety of issues. Cuts on spark plug wires can cause the engine to stop. They may also be screwed in improperly or lacking a blue spark. Changing the plugs or distributor may be the next step you take. So it’s better to replace these regularly, rather than deal with a misfire or worse.


Michael Ehline, Motorcycle Lawyer

Michael P. Ehline has an honorable discharge from the United States Marines. He founded Ehline Law Firm after leaving the Marines and owning several small businesses. At any rate, Ehline remains an all-American.

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