Unfortunately, many drivers fail to see motorcycles, causing accidents. But while you can’t always control other drivers, there are steps that you can take to make your ride much safer. Proper motorcycle maintenance at home can help to keep your bike in good working order, which can help to keep you safer on the road.
Five Parts of Your Bike to Maintain
Here are five parts of the bike to check out before and after each ride.
Before and after each ride, be sure to take your time examining the controls (pedals, cables, throttle, hoses, handlebars) are working properly. If you find that there is an issue with one of your controls, it’s a good idea to take your bike into a shop so that a professional can help. However, there is a good chance that you’ll be able to understand the nature of the problem so that you can let them know what’s going on.
2. Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
One of the easier parts of your bike to examine houses the wheels, tires, and brakes. Be sure that your tires have enough air pressure or else add more to ensure that they are adequately filled. Check your brakes to make sure they work and your tires to be sure that they aren’t too worn. Your tires should still have enough tread on them to drive safely.
3. Lights and Electrical Parts
Another easier part of your motorcycle to check out is your lights. You can easily tell if a bulb is out in your lights or on your headlamp if applicable. If so, you can easily change it yourself at home. You can also easily tell if your mirrors are dirty or if they are cracked. You should never drive with mirrors in either condition. It’s also important to keep an eye out for any electrical issues that may present themselves. For example, always be aware of any frayed wires. Electrical issues can be remedied by taking your bike into the auto shop.
4. Frame and Suspension
If you have a good working knowledge of motorcycles you’ll likely be able to fix any issues with your suspension, frame, chain/belt, and fasteners. However, if you don’t have experience in doing so, it’s a good idea to let a professional ensure that it is safely remedied.
5. Fluid Levels
Finally, prior to going out on the road, it’s important to make sure that your fluids, such as your oil, are filled to where they should be. If not, you can top them off yourself. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for any cracks in your bike as they could lead to leaks.
Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC Can Help Those in VA Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
While checking out the parts of your motorcycle on this list may seem like a lot of work, it becomes much easier the more you do it. Once you know what to look for it won’t take you nearly as long. Plus, the risk of not doing so far outweighs the time it takes to keep your motorcycle in good shape.
Regardless of your efforts, sometimes accidents still occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it can have a drastic impact on many aspects of your life. You shouldn’t have to pay for the mistakes of someone else. A knowledgeable and knowledgeable personal injury attorney who has experience with motorcycle accidents can help to walk you through the process.
At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we work hard to ensure that our clients receive the best outcome and compensation that they deserve. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!
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