By Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong, Public Affairs
/ Published July 18, 2016
A motorcycle helmet rests on the side of the road in Minot, N.D., April 9, 2016. During the summer, a great way to enjoy the area is to start up the motorcycle and hit the road. (U.S. Air Force photo/J.T. Armstrong)
During the summer, a great way to enjoy the area where you live is to start up a motorcycle and hit the road.
Before you even get out of the garage, it’s important to inspect your ride. Not only are pre-season inspections important, but going through your pre-ride checklist is crucial.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has come up with the helpful acronym “T-CLOCS” to help riders thoroughly inspect their machines before riding.
T - Stands for tires, wheels and brakes. Your tire pressure can fluctuate just as often as the Minot weather, which can affect your fuel economy and traction.
C - Stands for controls. Make sure your throttle doesn’t stick and returns to its natural position when released. Levers and pedals should be properly adjusted and move freely.
L – Stands for lights and electronics. Do your brake lights and turn signals all function properly?
O – Stands for oil and fluids. Check for the levels and if any fluids need to be replaced.
C – Stands for chassis. Your handlebars and suspension should move freely and smoothly.
S – Is for stand. Check to make ensure your side or center stand supports your motorcycle and that the springs keep the stand from dropping down during your ride.
The T-CLOCS inspection is just the start to making sure you have a safe motorcycle ride. It can help eliminate problems before they become a safety hazard on the road.
For more in-depth information you can visit the MSF’s website at msf-usa.org, or speak to your unit’s motorcycle safety representative.