View Full Version : Your checks before riding?

08-27-2008, 09:59 AM
What does everyone check before riding?* I usually check my lights and signals every ride and my air pressure every couple of rides.* I made the mistake of taking the Drifter out and thought is turned really sloppy and handled really sloppy.* I'll be honest and say I got lazy, because of the big fenders I have to move the bike to find the valve, and did not check them.* Last night I adjusted my shifters and then checked the air in the tires.* First the front....it was flat.* Had like 15 pounds of pressure instead of the 29 that was recommended.* I filled it up and moved on to the back.* I don't know what the back had but I'm guessing about 20.* I pulled the cap off and air started rushing out.* The valve in the stem was loose so I tightened it, the leak stop and I filled it up to the recommended 32.* I'll be keeping a better eye on the tire pressure from now on and I'm hoping it explains thy the bike handled so sloppy.

08-27-2008, 10:40 AM
lights and brakes every ride, tire pressure, oil and coolant once a week . clutch and brake lever bolts every two to three days forgot to put down checking lights every ride

08-27-2008, 10:41 AM
lights and brakes every ride, tire pressure, oil and coolant once a week . clutch and brake lever bolts every two to three days

I forgot I check the oil every ride as well.*


Gas Man
08-27-2008, 11:03 AM
I tend to check mine after it cools from a ride.* I don't want to bother with it when I want to leave...

And of coarse for me... the ride isn't complete till I rattle something off the bike.

For me, the biggest problem is my heat shields and exhaust mount.* Then the top motor mount.* Those are the most common loose items.* Sure I check brake lights and such all the time but usually when I'm riding... look at the reflection in a car behind me.* Front turns... hmmm... lost those once... don't need them.*

08-27-2008, 05:20 PM
I hate to be good boy larry on this, but I check my tires, lights and brakes before ALL rides... Those are the 3 most important things.

I will check oil about once per week depending on how much I am riding the bike.

Just my 2 cents.* Rather be safe than sorry.

09-05-2008, 07:57 AM
before i go out,* i do a walk around, checking everything from lights, to air , oil, see if anything isnt safe before i find out the hard way.

09-12-2008, 10:35 AM
Don't forget to check the chain and air filter

09-12-2008, 06:41 PM
I do a visual walkaround everytime I approach my bike. I look for things broken, hanging, out of place, missing, or leaking. I look closely at the tires for things "stuck" in them.*

Since I don't ever see an oil leak, I don't check the oil level exactly at the sight glass more than once a week. It's obvious it's still in the engine, since it isn't all over the ground.

Once a week or every other week I'll actually put my hands on stuff, and maybe a wrench.

I take pretty good care of my bikes, and this one I brought back from the dead. I also ride it every single day, more than once a day. So if a few days pass without a "check" I don't sweat it.

I check the tire pressure about every ten days, except for when I put new tires on it, then I check every day for over a week to make sure the rim and stem don't leak.

If I'm bored, or it's raining like this weekend will be, I'll go out and give it a very thorough once over, but I have no schedule for that.

That's pretty much my way, which won't be anybody else's way, but it is what it is.

Also my bike(s) NEVER goes into a shop for work. Everything happens in my garage, and if I don't know how to fix it, I'll learn it, and/or get some help and get busy.

That's what works best, (and has worked best) for me.*

Gas Man
09-13-2008, 12:24 AM
I hear ya man...

FUCK Dealerships!!

Besides I have to save more money to pay off the best tool in my garage!!

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... urn012.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Lift/Thereturn012.jpg)[/img]

09-13-2008, 05:14 AM
I would really like to get one of those, even a used one would be ok. It's pretty high on my Christmas list this year.* ;)

I see alot of those small frame lift jacks on CL, but I'd rather have a table.

Your's looks pretty slick, like it covers all the needs, and air operated right?

Gas Man
09-13-2008, 01:33 PM
Yeah you can get that without the condor, just the standard vise setup for about $1125 delievered.* It has the side extensions, chopper extension, drop tail, and dolly.* It is air operated as well.* It is great.* And when no bike on it, its a 4'W x 9'L steel work bench.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ift018.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Lift/Lift018.jpg)[/img]

I added the chopper condor with 2 tire cradles (so I can put anything up there).* But I did it right... used a trailer adapter to mount it, so one thumb screw and its used on a trailer or on the floor.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... dor022.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Lift/Condor022.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... dor007.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Lift/Condor007.jpg)[/img]

I have one of those MC "jacks" (as I like to call them).* I have the sears alum one cause it has a lower ground clearance and can get under my low bike.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ift009.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/SearsLift009.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ift008.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/SearsLift008.jpg)[/img]

The sears or hf jacks are ok.. but there are much nicer set ups that I can link.