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pre-ride checks

Postby brettchallenger » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:14 am



Ok be honest. How many of you actually carry out a pre-ride check every time you ride? My own practise is pretty dire but I suspect I am better than the majority of motorcyclists out there (of course not including the learned individuals on this site).

Typically, if a ride is a short one, perhaps to the local supermarket (say 10 mile round trip) there won't be any checks done at all. If I am planning a longer ride (over 100 miles), then I usually do a “walk round” prior to setting off, checking things like panel security, that the panniers are properly locked down, plus a cursory glance at the tyres – just to make sure they are actually inflated, and examine the floor for signs of tell-tale oil drips. On a weekly basis, I do check the oil, tyre pressures, radiator fluid level, and clean the screeen (if not the entire machine).

What is the practise of others?


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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:53 am

Good question. If I'm riding with a passenger, I will make a point of doing a fairly thorough inspection - check tires for damage, oil level, clean the windshield, check lights and turn signals, fork legs (looking for leaks), adjust the suspension pressure. I will do the same inspection when I'm undertaking a trip of any length - say a couple hours or more. It only takes maybe 2-3 minutes to do, and most of it can be done while the bike is warming up.

I have an aftermarket TPMS on my bike, so I can check tire pressures as soon as the bike is turned on (and anytime while riding). I love this, and will definitely have it on any bike in the future, because it makes it a snap to check tire pressure - which on a GL1500 is a pain to do otherwise, involving laying on the ground to get to the back wheel.

If I'm heading out to work, to the store, or whatever - basically a short ride, I'll take a cursory look at the tires and call it good (I always check air pressure on the TPMS before setting off however).

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:20 am

I also have a aftermarket tire pressure monitor that I look at each time I run the bike.When I crank it up,I do look under for leaks also and at the volt meter I added then out the front for Hi/low beam...check the brake lights light up..
I do a more if I'm going out of town.
Turn signals,oil level,marker lights and clean windshield.
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby Happytrails » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:38 pm

Before every ride I do the following (takes 2 minutes)

1. Check tire pressure and give a visual look for nails or damage (TPMS would be nice here)
2. Check Brake Lights
3. Check Turn Signlas
4. Do a walk around inspection.
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby Firstwinger » Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:12 am

I do not check anything on a short ride. That being said, I am also the type that looks at the bike or tinkers with it most every day. So that make me a little more in touch with it's current condition than some. Any ride over 25 miles, I check Tire pressures, oil, lights, suspension settings, first aid kit. I also check that I have my jacket liner in the side bag, rain gear, gloves. Clean that big windshield. Call it overkill, but I also like to give it a wash before a big ride. Usually just dusty but I prefer that she be clean & shinning. I was just on a run where the guy next to me had 8psi in his front tire! He admits he did nothing all winter. I do not know how he made it to the ride start from home.

Anyway, Checks are good, short, and help keep you safe!

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:13 pm

I also do a thorough walk around when going on anything lengthy.
I've also got to admit that I've backed out of the garage without unplugging the battery tender too. :D
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:38 pm

about the only thing I check is the fuel gauge LOL :lol:

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:26 pm

Kick the tyres,
hit the start button,
sit on the seat,
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby Al Lenz » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:25 pm

I usually forget to unplug the battery tender!! What's a good TPMS? where is a good place to get one? How much should I pay for one and how hard is it to install?

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby themainviking » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:24 pm

Before every ride - Hahahahahahaha..... not

However, I do often check oil, coolant, tire pressure, lights - camera - action --- oh no, wait, that is making a movie. Lights, all of them. I seldom check the horn though, as I also seldom use it. If I hook the trailer to the bike, I check everything. And, sometimes, I just check everything and do not even start the bike. I am certain that everything on the bike gets checked often enough that I feel safe riding for the day. And if it is going to be longer, then I check everything, every day. At least that is the plan, but being human, sometimes after a really good trip somewhere, and a day or more messing around there, I have hooked up and ridden home without checking stuff. Bad Viking Bad.
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:30 pm

Oh Oh Crap I'm slippin up,, I forgot the main thing I check before a ride,, the correct radio Station LOL aaah :lol:

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Jun 06, 2015 12:21 am

When Im riding locally I check the whole bike out once a week. When I am out on tour its a thorough going over before departing and each day while out on tour. 8-)
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby redial » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:51 am

We have about a 10 metre driveway, (about 33 feet), and I have to open the gate and close it, because of the dogs, before I go anywhere. By the time I have reached the kerb, I have checked the engine noise, quiet, steering, brakes, and clutch. When it goes down the sloping kerb at the edge of the road, I have checked the tyre pressure and suspension, and made sure the lights are working.

You get to know how your MC is behaving after a while, and if it does not sound and feel good, then it requires a much thorough check. I check the tyres whenever I get fuel, or if they feel a bit soft.
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:15 am

Al Lenz wrote:I usually forget to unplug the battery tender!! What's a good TPMS? where is a good place to get one? How much should I pay for one and how hard is it to install?


Here's the one I have on my GL1500 - and it's dirt simple to install: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=12249

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby wingman12 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:41 pm

I do not do a whole lot of precheck. While warming up I kick front and rear tire to make sure not going soft, check front tire wear, check cardboard under the engine area to see is any oil or coolant spots, walk around looking for anything out of place or lights not working, about 2 minutes and then off I go. If taking a long ride I do a much more detailed inspection. rarely check oil level, bike does not burn or leak, after 142,000 still holds level between oil changes of 5,000 miles. coolant level also stays the same for years on end. I do clean the bug collection off the windshield once in a while.

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:00 pm

I don't have much room to walk around the bike to do a check, but I figured out how to remember to unplug the battery tender.
Since the outlet is in front of the bike spot and cord goes to the right saddlebag, I just drape the cord over the right mirror.
Worked every time so far.
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby bstig60 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:42 pm

I too have an aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitor System that makes it easy to check tire pressure while starting up or while riding. My unit won't change until the wheels move a bit. Most of my trips on my goldwing are a couple hours or more, so I make a point to check oil, water, lights and such before I start out. I usually clean the shield when I get back from a trip.
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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:45 am

bstig60 wrote:I too have an aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitor System that makes it easy to check tire pressure while starting up or while riding. My unit won't change until the wheels move a bit. Most of my trips on my goldwing are a couple hours or more, so I make a point to check oil, water, lights and such before I start out. I usually clean the shield when I get back from a trip.


Right. I'll usually start up the bike and while it's warming up, give the rear wheel a kick to rotate it, look at the tire tread for damage, and at the same time it wakes up the TPMS. Front wheel I'll just shake the handlebars, and that's usually enough to wake it up.

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:22 am

Incidentally, the full MSF Pre-Ride checklist is downloadable as a PDF from the Manuals page.

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:16 pm

NVSB4 wrote:I also do a thorough walk around when going on anything lengthy.
I've also got to admit that I've backed out of the garage without unplugging the battery tender too. :D


lol, I've done that a few times before also, but i found a solution for that. i hung my tender from the ceiling over the bike so now the tender cable comes straight down over the top of the seat so i cant forget to unplug it. now the only problem is sometimes i forget to plug it back in when i park my bike in my garage :oops:

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby wingman12 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:07 pm

I Can't say I ever did that. I Was not smart enough to bother to figure out where to put the quick connect outside of the plastic, so I tuck it under the plastic that covers the battery area and put that cover on the drivers seat. :D :D

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Re: pre-ride checks

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:39 pm

wingman12 wrote:I Can't say I ever did that. I Was not smart enough to bother to figure out where to put the quick connect outside of the plastic, so I tuck it under the plastic that covers the battery area and put that cover on the drivers seat. :D :D


i leave my connector plug on the outside of the battery side cover, the side cover is black as is the plug, so if your not looking for it, you'd never see it there 8-).

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