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motorcycles lined upMotorcycle season is a little over a month away and Ride Safe Indiana wants you to be ready to take on the open road! To help you stay safe this motorcycle season, we’ve created a checklist with useful tips to follow before you hit the road!

Gear Up – Is your gear up to speed?

Helmet - Wearing a helmet can be the difference between life and death, are you covered? Make sure your helmet meets all of this criteria:

  • DOT-compliant
  • Fits snuggly
  • No obvious defects – cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps

Eye and Face ProtectionFaceshields and goggles can help protect you against debris or inclement weather. Proper face and eye protection must:

  • Be free of scratches
  • Be resistant to penetration
  • Offer a clear, full range view

Protective ClothingThe right clothing protects you in the event of a collision, makes you highly visible to others, and provides comfort and protection from various weather conditions.

  • Jacket and Pants
  • Boots 
  • Gloves

Get Reacquainted – Say hello to an old friend!

Although you may have only stored your motorcycle for a few weeks or months, it’s important to conduct a T-CLOCS inspection prior to hitting the road. 

T – Tires and Wheels

  • Check tire inflation pressure, tread wear, and general tire condition
  • Inspect the front and rear brake levers

C – Controls

  • Ensure both the clutch and the throttle operate smoothly
  • Test the horn

L – Lights and Electrics

  • Check both headlight and taillight
  • Test left and right turn signals
  • Try both brakes and check to see if brake lights turn on
  • Clean and adjust mirrors as necessary

O – Oil and Other Fluids

  • Check engine oil and transmission fluid levels
  • Check brake and coolant levels
  • Check fuel level

C – Chassis

  • Inspect front suspension and rear shocks
  • Ensure chain and belt are adjusted according to the manufacturer’s specifications

S – Stands

  • Side stand should operate smoothly and hold tightly in the upright position

Preparing yourself and your motorcycle for the open road are important aspects in making sure you have a safe season this year. Learn more about preparing to ride at msf-usa.org or find a motorcycle safety or training course thru RSI.

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