Savvy Riders Checklist

Across the board, machines have always been used in the simplification of human tasks. For instance the motorcycle, built to move swiftly and maneuver in areas where even cars can’t maneuver! Being a machine, from time to time maintenance is required and sometimes it’s hard to know when exactly it’s time to stop moving and ensure the motorcycle is ready to hit the road.

As a motorcycle taxi company we always strive to ensure that our riders are on the forefront of any mechanical issues that may arise when on the road which is why we have a checklist that we use before getting on the motorcycle for any transport. This can be used by anyone who owns a motorcycle whether a Savvy Rider or not because we are cool like that 😎

1. Tires

Before getting on the motorcycle, first thing you look at are the tires. Make sure you have a clear look at the air pressure and tread of the motorcycle. If the pressure is low, you may need to carefully look at the tire for any holes or foreign objects that may be caught on the tires.

If your tread is worn, it may mean that the tire isn’t as effective when providing traction for your motorcycle and that can be very risky especially on dusty or wet roads. You may need to get yourself some new tires for effective road use. 🙂

2. Controls

Ensure that you check the controls of the bike of the road. Inspect if there are any hose-cracks or leaks. Check that the cables are well oiled to ensure they don’t get stuck when moving. Involved in this, you can also make sure that the throttle of the motorcycle moves freely so that no unexpected hitches can occur when on the road. Finally, ensure that the pedals are well lubricated, after all, you don’t want to have to stop since you can’t change your gear mid travel do you?

3. Electrical

After that, check the electrical components of the motorcycle are working. Easily test if all the lights are functional and properly visible so that other drivers on the road are able to see you should you indicate.  If something is not functional. First thing to check is the battery. Confirm that it’s clean and secure and that the wiring is not frayed. If not you can  take your motorcycle to a mechanic to have a look.

4.Fluids

Check if your fuel is enough to get to your destination. Before getting on the road also ensure that the oil, brake fluid and coolant are okay. On most modern bikes, this info is normally provided on the dashboard aside from the fuel. Be sure to be on the lookout of any warning lights.

5. Chassis

When checking the chassis of the motorcycle, adjust the belt/chain tension of the motorcycle, scan the frame for any damage and check the steering to make sure its tight.

6.Kickstand

On most occasions, your kickstand will work just fine, but just to be sure, especially if you feel like something isn’t right, reinforce the kickstand by centering and tightening so that they are firm and not bent.

Well there you have it. The 6 steps for a successful checklist before you hit the road. If you find a problem that you aren’t familiar with be sure to visit your nearest mechanic. After all, what’s the harm in checking your bike before you hit the road. It could save your life 😉

Cheers.