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If you own a motorcycle, you should have it serviced every 5,000 kms.

Before operating a motorcycle it is important to inspect the condition of the vehicle and it's road worthiness. The following three words, Crow - Fuel - Limb, can be used as a checklist to ensure your motorbike is safe, roadworthy and well maintained.

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Chain: Check the owner's manual, most chains need to be adjusted to travel 20mm when lifted up and down. A well oiled chain will look moist, and a dry or rusty chain will need to be lubricated. If you have been riding in the rain or sand, you may need to wash the chain and re-oil.

Rubber: Look for cracks in the tyre wall, check correct tyre pressure (written on the sidewall of the tyre), and a roadworthy safe tyre will have tread depth. Also look for tyre damage, such as stones or nails wedged into the rubber.

Oil: Some motorcycles will have a window on the engine to view the oil level. To view a correct measurement, you will have to have another person hold the bike straight. Some other bikes have a dip stick inside the oil cap, with a high/low oil level indicator.

Water: If your motorcycle has a radiator, you will need to put radiator coolant into the reserve bottle as required.

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Fuel (Petrol): Some motorcycles have a fuel gauge while others need the petrol cap to be removed for the level to be inspected by eye. Some motorcycles have a second tank, known as a reserve tank, to assist getting to a fuel station when the main tank is empty. These bikes will have a fuel tap with a reserve position. Other bikes have a low fuel light to help you estimate when you will run out.

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Lights: Before you sit on your bike, check your Number Plate Light, Tail Light and Head Light is working. You can check your headlight is working while sitting on the bike, by placing your fingers in front of the globe. Check High and Low Beam is operational.

Indicators: Check that your indicators switch/switches are working and able to cancel the signal. Check all globes are flashing. A rapid flashing usually indicates a blown globe.

Mirrors: While sitting on the bike, adjust the mirrors to enable you to see clearly to the rear. Ensure mirrors are clean and not cracked or chipped.

Brakes: While sitting on the bike on a flat surface, place the bike in neutral and rock the bike back and forth. As the bike is moving, stop the bike using one brake at a time. Check the front brake and the foot brake are operational.

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Motorcycle Maintenance

Here are some tips from the Motorcycle Riders Association of Western Australia:

 Get into the habit of getting your motorcycle regularly checked and serviced throughout its life.  Before each journey you should be confident that your motorcycle will not let you down at a critical moment.  Your owner’s manual will list checks you should carry out.

    Ensure there are no fluid leaks and the oil and water levels are correct

    Check for faulty brake lights, stop lights or indicators

    Examine tyres for worn or uneven tread or damage and check the pressure, as it can affect handling.  Bear in mind that it may need adjusting if you are carrying a pillion passenger or any additional load

    Test out front and rear brakes one at a time, making sure each one holds the motorcycle when fully applied

    Make sure that the clutch and throttle are operating smoothly

    Ensure all cables are in good condition, lubricated and free of kinks

    Check that the chain is oiled and fitted correctly

    Ensure there is enough petrol to last the journey

    Make sure the horn is working

    Clean and adjust both wing mirrors

(Source: Motorcycle Riders Association of Western Australia and Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW)

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