Frequently Asked Questions

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21. Pre-ride Safety Check

Category: Safety Tips

If you bike has sat unused for an extended period of time, be sure that you perform a detailed check for each of the following.

  • * Tire integrity (look for cracks, gouges, dry rot, etc)
  • * Air pressure
  • * Throttle, brake and clutch levers are responsive
  • * All lights are working properly (including: head light, tail light, signal lights)
  • * Check oil and other fluids (including: brake fluid, cooling fluid, gas)
  • * Check the chain or belt to make sure it is adjusted to the correct tolerance and is in good working order
  • * Shocks should be responsive (flowing up and down, not sticky or leaking)
Be sure to correct any issues before riding your motorcycle .

22. Recommended Safety Gear

Category: Safety Tips

3. What clothing should I wear for BikeSafe training?

Category: Classes

You should wear normal protective clothes for motorcycling including the following personal protective equipment:

Legal helmet that meets the D.O.T. safety standard
Long sleeve shirt
Long pants
Full fingered gloves
Over the ankle foot protection
Eye Protection
Rain gear (if needed)
Be prepared to ride in any weather

23. Reread Your Owner's Manual

Category: Safety Tips

Your motorcycle owner's manual has important and useful information. It is easy to forget some of the recommendations for your motorcycle. Periodically rereading your manual does not take long but assures that you are aware of your motorcycle's operation.

24. Get Advanced Training!

Category: Safety Tips

The best riders train regularly. Try to take a course once a year to advance your skill level. Courses are available for on-road and off-road training. (BikeSafe NC is on-road only.)

Everyone benefits from regular training. The single best improvement you can make to your motorcycle is to improve the skill of its rider.

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