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Weekly Motorcycle Inspection

Read your owner's manual and save it for future reference, should something go wrong with your motorcycle. There is only one way to spot problems before they cause trouble inspect the motorcycle carefully and fix things right away. Earlier in this manual, we described checks that should be made each time you ride. Here are some things to check once each week:

Tires check the tread to make sure it is deep enough. You should have no less than 1.5 mm of tread depth left in any groove. if the tread is getting low, buy new tires inadequate tread depth will greatly reduce your braking traction on wet roads. If the wear is uneven, have the wheels balanced and the alignment checked. Make sure the air pressure is correct, as many blowouts are due to low air pressure. Also check for cuts, scrapes, exposed cord, abnormal bumps or any other visible tread or sidewall defect.

Wheels check both wheels for missing or loose spokes, Check the rims for cracks or dents. Lift the wheel off the ground and spin it watch its motion and listen for noise. Also move it from side to side to check for looseness. Controls check the controls for smooth operation. Check the cables for kinks or broken strands, Lubricate the control mechanisms at the each end of the cable.

Chain and sprockets oil the chain and check for wear. Does your motorcycle bounce several times after it crosses a bump? Do you hear a clunk? If so, your shock absorbers may need to be adjusted or replaced.

Fastenings check for loose or missing nuts, bolts or cotter pins. Normal vibration loosens parts, If you keep the motorcycle clean, it is easier to spot missing parts. Brakes if you hear a scraping sound when you try to stop, or if the brakes feel spongy, have them serviced immediately.

.If your motorcycle has hydraulic brakes, check regularly that the fluid level is high enough. Drive line chain breakage is very dangerous. Maintain the chain and replace it when necessary. Check for slack and lubrication.

Drive shaft check the fluid levels muffler modifying an exhaust system will create an excessively noisy vehicle that can be very annoying to the public. A motorcycle driver with an altered muffler may be guilty of an offence.

Wednesday, 6-Jun-2012 03:24 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Helmets And Eye Protection Safety gear

Helmets and Eye Protection Safety gear is a must for the ATV rider; the most important piece of safety equipment is the helmet. A rider should always wear a helmet that meets or exceeds safety standards. Purchase a helmet that is approved and marked by either the Department of Transportation (DOT), the American National Standards Institute, or the Snell Memorial Foundation. A helmet should fit snugly and always be securely fastened.

Riders should wear safety goggles to protect eyes when-ever a helmet is not equipped with an appropriate face shield. Sunglasses are not safety goggles and do not provide adequate eye protection.

A well-equipped ATV rider always wears proper clothing, including gloves, boots, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt. Gloves prevent fatigue from vibration, scratches from brush, and protection from cold weather. Off-road type gloves, which have padding over the knuckles, offer the most protection. Boots that rise above the ankles offer the most protection and support for ATV riders. Boots should have heels to prevent your feet from slipping off the footrests.

Cowboy boots are better than tennis shoes, but lace-up work boots or motorcycle racing boots are the best footwear. Long pants and long sleeved shirts prevent scratches from brush. Serious riders should wear off-road racing gear that has padded areas at the knees, elbows, and shoulders.

Once a rider has completed a pre-ride inspection and selected proper safety gear and clothing, there are some basic safety rules he or she should know and follow. These include keeping your feet on the footrests, riding single, and riding off-road only. Footrests are located just in front of the rear tires and putting a foot on the ground while riding could easily result in running over a foot or even pulling the rider from the machine. Because an ATV does not turn in the same manner as a motorcycle, a rider does not need to put a foot down while turning.

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