Nothing is more exhilarating than jumping on a motorcycle and riding wherever your heart takes you. But nothing can turn that exhilaration into terror faster than a preventable collision caused by a mechanical failure.
Importance of Motorcycle Safety Inspections
Motorcycles are complex machines with hundreds of individual components, each subject to wear and tear with time and use. A failure in any of them could cause a traumatic accident that changes your life instantly. That’s why it’s so important to regularly inspect your bike to ensure it’s in safe working order. While you should go over your motorcycle thoroughly at least once a year, it’s also a good idea to conduct smaller checks before any ride.
External Components Inspection
You can start your motorcycle safety inspections with the exterior components, including the following:
- Tires – Check air pressure and tread depth, and look for embedded objects.
- Wheels – Look for missing or loose spokes, cracks, or other damage.
- Mirrors – Check for cracks and chips that might obscure your view.
- Handlebars – Handlebars should be straight and secure.
- Stands – Inspect stands to ensure they are not bent or cracked and can hold the bike upright and steady.
- Chassis – The bike’s frame should be in good condition, free from cracks and damage to accessory mounts.
- Chains and belts – Visually inspect chains and belts to ensure these components are well lubricated, and the tension is correct.
Engine and Mechanical Components Inspection
Your inspection of the engine and mechanical components may be a little more in-depth. However, you must check these systems before you ride to ensure your motorcycle is in good condition. Components you should be inspecting include:
- Brakes – Check pads for signs of wear and ensure each brake can keep the bike from rolling.
- Fluid levels – Always check oil and other fluid levels like coolant, hydraulic fluid, and transmission fluid.
- Gaskets, seals, and hoses – Look for signs of wear and ensure there are no leaks.
Electrical System Inspection
Dedicate some time to inspecting your bike’s electrical system and wiring. Be sure to check the following:
- Battery – The battery should be free from corrosion, and all terminals should be clean.
- Headlamp, brake lights, and tail lamp – Check to see if there are cracks in these components, ensure they light up properly, and make sure they are mounted in the correct position.
- Turn signals – Signals should flash correctly and be free from cracks and condensation.
- Switches – Switches should respond and function correctly.
- Wiring – Inspect wires for signs of fraying and chafing.
The Alabama Motorcycle Manual also includes valuable information for riders and tips for preparing to hit Alabama roadways.
Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash? Our Alabama Injury Lawyers Can Help
Inspecting your motorcycle before each ride can help prevent accidents caused by mechanical failure, defects, and everyday wear. Unfortunately, no amount of preparation can protect you completely from careless motorists. If you are hurt in a motorcycle crash someone else caused, get help pursuing maximum compensation for your injuries from an experienced Alabama personal injury attorney with Morris, King & Hodge, P.C.
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