Check your tire pressure...always (and your fluid levels)
I am constantly reviewing cases where a tragic accident happens and there are terrible injuries and the riders attribute the accident to a tire failure. The rider, while riding the motorcycle did nothing wrong in the riding of the motorcycle. The problem was the rider DID NOT CHECK tire pressure before starting the trip and a lack of tire pressure or rarely too much tire pressure caused the accident.
There is simply no substitute for properly mounted and properly inflated tires. These are your lifeline with the roadway. In order to properly accomplish this task, before each trip, you need a tire gauge that can be purchased in any automotive store or motorcycle shop. Take a rag and some tire sidewall cleaner and find the proper tire pressure on the sidewall of your tire. Then inflate accordingly following the tire manufacturer's guidelines on the sidewall. Do not fill your tire with more than the maximum air pressure called for on the sidewall because this can be a cause of tire failure during the ride.
Inspect the sidewalls also for cracks prior to riding the motorcycle after it has been sitting for an extended period of time. Cracks in the sidewall are a sign of tire dry rot and this can also lead to tire failure. Do not ride on a tire that has cracks in the sidewalls as you are looking for a catastrophe if you do.
Inspect the tread of the tire and do not ride on a tire that is has low tread on the tire. A bare tire or one close to bare is like asking for a loss of control during your ride. Always buy good tires that you have researched and are confident are well made and used in the motorcycle industry. Talk to your shop and do you own research before deciding on a tire.
So in summary, inspect your tire tread, the sidewalls and the air pressure before starting any ride of a significant distance. Always buy premium tires for your motorcycle. Fluid levels include transmission fluid, brake fluid, oil and fork fluid. One often ignored item is having your fork fluid changed. This should normally be done during routine maintenance but should always be done before any long trip. Before every ride check your oil level in accordance and in the manner as outline in your owners manual. If you don't have one, check the internet they are all there in most instances. Also check your transmission fluid in the manner outlined in your owners manual. Brake fluid should also be checked, and make sure you ONLY use the brand of brake fluid outlined in your owners manual because the failure to use the PROPER brake fluid can lead to brake failure. So a safe ride can be enjoyed more with a little preventive maintenance before.
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