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Six Things To Check Before Motorcycle Riding In Alpharetta

Biker girl riding on a motorcycle. Bottom view of the legs in leWith all of the beautiful weather in Fulton County, Georgia, it is easy for a motorcyclist to get on and start riding without thinking about safety related issues.  Even when a motorcyclist is in a hurry, there is always time for five quick safety checks.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation [1] recommends a short pre-ride check before every ride. To help riders remember what to check, the Foundation came up with the acronym T-CLOCS, which stands for Tires, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis and Side stand.

  1. Tires: Check to see if the rims are free of dings and if the spokes are tight and straight. Check the pressures in both tires. Since most manufacturers specify pressures for cold tires, this is the only accurate way to check them, as they heat up quickly on the road, raising the pressure. Consult the owner’s manual or call the tire manufacturer’s hotline for the proper pressures for the particular bike.
  2. Controls and Cables: Operate anything connected to a cable and make sure that levers and cables feel smooth and do not bind. Apply the front brake and push the bike forward.  The brake should feel firm, and the front wheel should not move. Check the rear brake in the same fashion.
  3. Lights: Checking to make sure that all of the bulbs are in good working order will lessen the chance that a headlight will go out at sunset or that a vehicle driver will not be able to see turn signals and brake lights.
  4. Oil and Fuel: Both the oil and fuel should be checked before any motorcyclist starts to ride in Georgia.
  5. Chassis:   It is important to sit on the motorcycle and rock it, making sure that everything moves smoothly and relatively slowly. If there is an adjustable suspension, it is important to read the owner’s manual and adjust it properly.
  6. Side stand: The side stand is what keeps a motorcycle off of the ground. It is necessary to make sure that is is not cracked or bent. Check the spring or springs to make certain that they are in place and have enough tension to keep the side stand safely up.

Additional Alpharetta Safety Checks

While it may not be necessary to inspect every aspect of the motorcycle before every ride, there are additional safety checks for a motorcyclist to consider:

    • Plate and Registration: Check that the plate and registration sticker are still firmly fitted and clearly visible.
    • Visual Inspection: Look for any oil, water or fluid leaks.  Manually grab and shake various parts of the motorcycle to confirm that they have not vibrated loose, such as windscreens, chain guard, and rear racks.
    • Chain Tension: The chain tension should be checked periodically. It is also necessary to check the front and rear sprocket for any wear or damage to the teeth.

 

Georgia Accidents Still Occur

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety provides that in 2012 there were 201,207 registered motorcycles[2].  In that year, there were 134 fatal motorcycle collisions, including 125 fatalities of helmeted drivers and passengers.  Even when a rider conducts numerous safety inspections and checks before riding, motorcycle accidents still occur on a regular basis, and often times with serious, permanent or even fatal injuries.

Contact an Alpharetta Motorcycle Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative to obtain medical attention as soon as possible.  After receiving the appropriate medical treatment, it is also necessary to contact an Alpharetta motorcycle injury attorney.

References:

[1] http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/street/resources/threeminutecheck.aspx
[2] http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/motorcycles-statistics/

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