Ride into the Weekend: Checklist for Motorcyclists

Riding a motorcycle is fun, pushing one is not.  Include a pre-ride check of your machine to ensure all is in proper working order.  Check the tires, control functions, lights and electrics, gas, oil, brake fluid levels, and suspension movement.  If you have a chain drive motorcycle make sure the chain is correctly adjusted and lubricated.

Keep the following on your motorcycle at all times (under seat compartments work great):

  • Tire pressure gauge,
  • Tire repair kit,
  • Small air compressor or several CO2 cartridges,
  • Replacement headlight bulb,
  • Small first aid kit,
  • Zip ties,
  • Super glue, and
  • Duct tape (wrap several yards around a pencil to take up less space).

Carry a tire repair kit and know how to use it since tire failures happen outside of cellphone coverage areas.  If you ask nicely, you can likely practice your tire repair skills on an old tire at your local dealership.

Consider a roadside assistance plan.  Many motorcycle insurance companies offer this as an option.  Also, the American Motorcycle Association has a plan that covers all of your vehicles included with membership.