A Quick Guide to Essential Motorbike Safety Checks
If you own a motorbike, there are some crucial checks that you have to make regularly to ensure that the bike is safe and roadworthy.
Thankfully, some of these checks are super easy to carry out and they’ll help you to pick up on any issues before they get too serious, and you don’t need any mechanical expertise either.
According to WeWantYourMotorbike.com these sorts of check should be carried out roughly once every few months, but you should always be keeping an eye on the overall wellbeing of the bike to keep on top of things.
Lights don’t just help you see, but they help other road users to see you, so it’s crucial that they’re working properly.
Make sure to check both the main beam and low beam lights as well as your front and rear indicators.
Ask someone else to come and help you check your brake light and rear light too, or use a mirror or the reflection of a window to check.
Make sure that your front brake prevents the bike from being moved. While the rear brake may still allow you to move the bike, it should lock the wheel in place.
Check that the brake pads are clear of the brake discs too while the brakes are released, otherwise, this will cause a build-up of heat, so you’ll need to adjust them.
Check the discs themselves as well, as they may have picked up some cracks or warping, especially if they’ve been getting overheated.
Most bikes are powered by a chain and this needs to be regularly lubricated so that it doesn’t get damaged.
You also need to check the tension of the chain so that it doesn’t come loose. Check your manual to see how tense the chain should be. (You should be able to adjust the chain fairly easily if it is too loose.)
Check your manual to see how well-inflated your tyres should be. If they fall below the recommended level, the tyres will overheat, which will eventually degrade the tyre.
However, too far the other way and the tyres will achieve less grip and lead to a harder ride.
You should also check the tread regularly and remove any debris that may have got caught in it, as well as checking the surface of the tyre for any cuts or bulges, which could lead to a potentially disastrous blowout.
Make sure to regularly top up the brake fluid and coolant if they’re running low. Lots of bikes have a viewing window to allow you to check your oil level too, but you can just use a dipstick if not. Click here to find out more about how to check your motorbike’s oil level.
Brake pads will inevitably wear down over time and as they do, they’ll overheat more easily.
It’s not the easiest of things to change, but you can do it yourself with a bit of practice. Check out this article from MCN for more information or check out the many video tutorials on YouTube.
Make sure that the exhaust doesn’t have any holes or cracks and make sure that it is mounted tightly so that it’s not rattling around.
You’ll also need to make sure that it doesn’t exceed the legal noise limit, although you’ll usually need to take the bike into a testing center for this unless you have your own decibel meter