Following this biker pre-ride checklist could save a life

Whether you are a seasoned rider or a new motorcycle owner, there are some things about riding that never change, the most important of which is safety.

One of the easiest ways to prevent a motorcycle accident is to check your motorcycle before each and every ride, especially if the bike sits for extended periods of time or if you are an infrequent rider.

Multi-point inspections can ensure that you are able to stop in time, able to see others on the road, and also that you are protected in the event of an accident.

That is why we compiled a list of the top five inspections that should be made before riding.

1. Brakes. Make sure that your brake pads do not have too much wear and that the brake lines are not compromised.

2. Controls. Handlebars should be straight, the hand brake and foot brake should be in proper working order, and the clutch and cables should be visually checked.

3. Windshield. It may seem like an obvious check, but if your motorcycle has a windshield, make sure that it is clear to allow for maximum visibility.

4. Fluid levels. Making sure that your bike has enough oil and gasoline can be much more important than simply preventing you from being stranded on the side of the road.

5. Battery. In addition to making sure that the battery has enough “juice,” be sure to check the cables, clamps, and case for any loose connections.

Taking the extra few minutes before heading out for a ride can be the difference between a safe arrival home and a serious injury. Protect yourself and your passengers by paying attention to these important checks, and feel free to contact the attorneys at Walker, Billingsley and Bair at 641-792-3595 for even more information on how to keep yourself safe while riding a motorcycle.

Corey Walker
With 19 years legal experience, Corey has been recognized for his work as an injury attorney.
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