T-CLOCS Decoded

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A motorcycle rider conducts a safety inspection using a T-CLOCS checklist (Photo courtesy of  DVIDS)

 

The T-CLOCS inspection checklist shows you what to check and what to look for when inspecting your bike. Although it’s not mandatory, before you ride, consider conducting a T-CLOCS check to ensure your safety on the road.

T = TIRES AND WHEELS

Tires are a motorcycle’s only source of traction.

Must be good quality and in top condition.

Check the air pressure regularly.

Regularly inspect the tire-tread depth.

Make sure wheels are free of cracks and dents.

C # 1 = CONTROLS

Controls include levers, the throttle, cables and hoses.

Levers should be tight in mounts but still pivot freely. They should not be broken or bent.

Cables should be kinked. The throttle cables shouldn’t pull when the handlebars are turned.

Inspect the hoses on hydraulic disc brakes for cracks, cuts, leaks, bulges, and chafing.

Make sure each brake alone will keep the bike from rolling.

L= LIGHTS AND ELECTRICS

Make sure the brake light works with both brake controls.

The headlight should be aimed correctly on both low and high beam.

Check your turn signals, horn and engine cut-off switch.

Adjust mirrors properly and remember they don’t completely eliminate blind spots.

Inspect wiring for cracks, fraying, mounting, and chafing of the insulation.

Look out for disconnected or broken wires.

Keep the battery fully charged and serviced.

O = OILS AND OTHER FLUIDS

Keep the engine oil filled. Change it per your owner’s manual. Engine oil lubricates the transmission and clutch, making regular oil changes that much more critical.

Signs of trouble: poor starting, sluggish throttle response and unusual noises.

– Check all surfaces for oil leaks.

– If your motorcycle is liquid cooled, inspect the coolant level.

– Check the radiator and hose for cracks or leaks.

– Replace your fuel filter, and don’t let it get clogged.

C #2 = CHASSIS AND CHAIN

Inspect the frame for cracks.

Raise the front wheel of the ground and move the handle bars from side to side. The forks should move freely and quietly.

Raise the rear wheel and inspect for signs of play in the swing arm.

Check the suspension for smooth movement, especially the fork and shock seals.

Make sure the drive chain is aligned and has the right tension.

Lubricate the plates and rollers on the chain at the end of a ride while it’s still hot.

Inspect the sprockets for hooked or broken teeth.

S = STANDS

Make sure the side and/or center stands retract fully out of the way when riding.

Many modern motorcycles have an engine cut-off that prevents the engine from running if the stand is down while the transmission is in gear.