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Motorcycle Safety Checklist

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Feb 25, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Motorcyclists will soon be heading to Central Florida for Daytona's bike week. This annual event, now in its 73rd year, attracts motorcyclists from around the country and is known as the world’s largest motorcycle event. This year’s event takes place from March 7 to March 16 and is expected once again to draw a large crowd. It is easy to forget that motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere, even among the many experienced riders who will be attending Bike Week. For this reason, it is important for both riders and spectators to brush up on some some of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s tips before participating in any Bike Week festivities.  


  • Tires:

    • Visually inspect tires at least once a week: When tire treads are worn, the tires fail to grip the road properly. This means less traction on wet road conditions.

    • Check the tire pressure at least once a week: Over inflated or under inflated tires can affect the handling of the motorcycle, decrease the life of its tires and decrease the bike’s fuel efficiency.

    • The tire rims need to be examined: If they are bent or cracked, they should be replaced immediately before the motorcycle is ridden.

  • Brakes:

    • Pads should be inspected to make sure they are not worn and replaced if needed.

    • The bike’s brake fluid should be regularly checked and refilled as needed in both the handlebar reservoirs and the reservoir at the rear of the motorcycle.

  • Controls:

    • The throttle and the clutch should be inspected to ensure that the motorcycle shifts smoothly.

    • The lever on the clutch should move smoothly and be able to shift gears without slippage.

    • The throttle should be able to open smoothly and snap shut when released without any stiffness or problems.

    • All hoses and cables on the motorcycle should be inspected for any leaks, fraying, kinks or other damage.

  • Lights:

    • Any burned out bulbs, damaged reflectors, lenses or mirrors should be replaced. Other electronics on the bike should also be inspected at this time.

    • If there are wires exposed, these will need to be addressed to avoid becoming tangled on the rider’s body or from coming loose during the ride.

    • The horn should be tested to make sure it works.

    • The battery should be inspected for any corrosion on the terminals to determine if it should be replaced.

  • Oils:

    • Motorcycle engines break down quicker than car engines and need to be replaced more often. Bikers who are heading out to Bike Week should change their oil beforehand.

    • It is also recommended to check other fluids such as coolant before heading out and to be ready to add more if needed during a long ride.

  • Chassis:

    • Check that the frame and wheels are properly aligned.

    • All bolts should be checked and tightened if needed.

    • The shock, springs and front suspension forks need to be inspected to ensure they are providing the proper resistance needed for a smooth ride.

    • The belt drive or chains should be checked for wear and replaced if needed.

  • Helmets:

    • The helmet should be certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Snell Foundation.

    • If there are any cracks or dents present, it should be replaced.

  • Leather clothing:

    • Good, sturdy leather clothing and accessories can protect a rider from road rash and other injuries.

    • If the gear is weathered or does not fit properly, it should be replaced or repaired.

Be Prepared

Even with proper motorcycle safety precautions, such as protective gear and a motorcycle in excellent working condition, accidents can and will still happen during Daytona’s Bike Week. If you or a loved one is ever involved in a motorcycle accident, you need to protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive the prompt medical care that you need. After receiving proper medical attention, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. The attorneys at Steven A. Bagen and Associates have the experience that motorcycle accident victims need to deal with the courts and insurance companies.

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Topics: motorcycle