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Do you check the condition of your motorcycle before you ride?

Although probably no one wants to be involved in a collision, collisions are especially risky for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than car occupants to die in a collision. This is partially because motorcycles offer less structural protection than other motor vehicles offer.

Because crashes can be especially dangerous for you as a motorcyclist, it may be logical to take steps to try to prevent being involved in a collision. Motorcycle crashes are often caused by a combination of human, vehicle and environmental factors. Many contributing factors can be controlled to minimize your risk of being involved in a crash. However, vehicle factors are some of the easiest factors to control.

Catch motorcycle malfunctions before riding

Motorcycle wear and malfunctions can happen. If your motorcycle malfunctions or breaks down during a ride, you could lose control of it and end up involved in a collision. However, you can help prevent this from occurring by thoroughly inspecting your motorcycle before and after each ride.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers a complete safety checklist that you can use for this purpose. The T-CLOCS Inspection Checklist covers all major systems of your motorcycle, such as tires and wheels, controls, lights and electronics, oil and other fluids, chassis, and stands.

Generally, the T-CLOCS Inspection Checklist instructs you to look for signs of dangerous wear or stress on the components of your motorcycle. Often wear and stress will manifest as cracks, lifting paint or fraying. However, it also instructs you to look for other types of damaged or missing parts.

Completing a motorcycle inspection before a ride can help you determine when your machine is unsafe to ride. Completing the inspection again after a ride can allow you to repair any problems before your next ride. Inspecting your motorcycle will probably cost you a few minutes before and after each trip, but it can help you prevent being in a potentially dangerous collision.

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