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Motorcycle Safety Inspection

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)

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)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- There is one thing that North Dakota doesn’t have a shortage of, and that is long stretches of open roads. During the summer, a great way to enjoy the area is to start up the 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.
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