Motorcycle maintenance is incredibly important and a responsibility that each rider should take seriously. Making sure your machine is up to par reduces risk and we all know enough risk is involved in riding as is. We spoke with Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys to get a few tips on how to check your moto before you hit the road to Babes Ride Out 6.
When is the best time to go over your bike? We recommend taking it for a spin fully packed as if you’d be on your way to Babes Ride Out. A quick inspection after you hop off the bike can help you fix situations early so you aren’t stranded with issues. Let’s get started!
Tire Inspection is key and checking pressure, for nails/bolts that may have penetrated your tires, and wear) are super important to note when examining your bike after the tires cool. Always make sure your tires are up to par (before and after your ride) and if you are in doubt, take it in! It’s not worth your life.
Clean your bike: Wiping down everything helps you notice and erosion, loose parts, stripped bolts, leaks, etc. Touch everything (obviously when pipes / engine are cool).
Are your controls dialed? Look for missing bolts/nuts, frayed & kinks, and make sure your handle bars can be easily moved with no binding. There should be no excess play in your throttle, make sure that bad boy snaps back into place.
Do your lights work? Test them! Brake, signals, headlight. These are crucial and should be kept cleaned. Check your battery while you are at it to ensure it’s charged properly and the terminals are clean, battery bolted down tight, etc.
Make sure your brake fluid, oil, final drive, transmission, coolant, and fuel levels are dialed in.
Check your luggage and the components that connect it to the bike / frame. Is your sissy bar loose? Are you packed sky high above the bar? Move your items around, shake the hell of out them to see if they still stay in place. Not having your gear tied down is a huge risk not only to yourself but to those riding behind you.
Ok so maybe you still break down even though you went through every single part of your bike. It happens! Thankfully RBMA has a rider’s network for FREE called B.A.M.
Motorcycle Roadside Assistance
BAM: Breakdown and Legal Assistance for Motorcyclists
BAM is a unique volunteer organization of bikers helping bikers. Motorcycle Attorney Russ Brown started BAM over 30 years ago to provide breakdown assistance to motorcyclists across the country. BAM’s nationwide volunteer network of roughly 2 million motorcyclists can help you in an emergency. If you experience a breakdown or mechanical problems while on the road, call 1-800-4-BIKERS, and we will search our volunteer network and send someone out to help.
Roadside Assistance for Motorcycles
BAM also provides free legal advice to members. Started by the Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys who ride, BAM is the ultimate resource for riders that we have developed and fine-tuned for over 30 years. As a result, the Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at Russ Brown have developed trusted relationships with the best lawyers across the country. Over four hundred of the very best biker–friendly lawyers are ready to help you if you are involved in a motorcycle crash. BAM’s emergency ID card can speak for you if you are incapacitated in a crash: we list your emergency contact person, medical problems, and blood type. When emergency personnel call, we will supply this information and provide donors if necessary.
Get your FREE BAM Benefit card by clicking HERE to sign up! A little extra help could possibly be the best thing you ever signed up for.