Motorcycle Beginning Safety: Tires and Controls

Be Smart. Be Safe.

Riding motorcycles have been the cool thing to do for a long time and maybe you are just beginning to ride and you want to make sure you do it right. Well, you are reading the right article! Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience but there needs to be a reverence and respect for the power that you have when riding your bike. Vehicles have radically increased in power and speed over the past decades. They also have increased dramatically in safety but this does not mean that we are invincible on the road. This is especially the case when motorcycles don’t have a large metal cage to protect you from accidents along with all the other safety precautions that a car has over a bike. All the more reason you need to be safe on your bike. You don’t want to be a tragic story on the news so please drive safe.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation was nice enough to come up with a great acronym to you keep safe. It is a simple checklist to go through before you hit the open road. I’ll share each word to the acronym and why it is important to check each of these in terms of road safety. This is the first article in a three part series which explains T-CLOCS. Each article will explain two of the letters of this acronym. The acronym that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation uses is T-CLOCS which stands for:

T – Tires & Wheels
C – Controls (This includes any levers, pedal, cables, hoses & your throttle)
L – Lights (headlights, turn signals, mirrors, battery and any other light your bike might have)
O – Oil (fluid levels)
C – Chassis (your frame, your suspension, your chain, etc.)
S – Stands (center stand and/or kickstand)

Tires & Wheels- It is crucial to keep checking your tires. It is beneficial for your gas mileage to check the air in your tire. The better you take care of your tires, the better they will serve you. Also it is good to know where you are going and how long you’ll be on the road so that you’ll know the condition of your tires. They recommend changing your tires between 8,000 miles to 12,000 miles to stay safe. You don’t want to be stuck on the road with a popped tire. You also have to take into account how hard you are riding. If you are all in and hit the road at a heavy pace and very consistently then you are going to want to be checking more frequently.

Controls – This one will be more obvious to check because these are what make your bike run properly. Check and make sure that everything that is connected to a cable works properly. Make sure everything is working smoothly because don’t want anything caught up. For the brakes, push the bike in each direction and use both brakes to make sure they are working properly. Make sure the when it brakes, that it is firm and not lose at all. You can also test it out as soon as you get on the road to make sure it is road worthy. Also, make sure you check your throttle that it seems firm in its position and it isn’t in a loose position where it could be snapped which can leave you on the side of the road.

Make sure all your motorcycle parts are working correctly and if you are looking for parts there are great websites that sell Yamaha Parts, Honda Parts, Harley Part etc… Online is a great way to shop for bikes.

I will be addressing the rest of the explanation of T-CLOCS in “Motorcycle Beginning Saftey: Lights & Oil” and in “Motorcycle Beginning Safety: Chassis and Stands”

Motorcycle Beginning Safety: T-CLOCS Checklist – Chassis and Stands

Having an Awareness

Looking into get on the road safely and you need to check your motorcycle? In my past two articles we have tackled the importance of road safety, knowing the importance of checking your motorcycle parts and checking your motorcycle and making sure it is road worthy. It is essential to know that operating a vehicle has a lot of responsibility with it. There needs to be a respect for the road, a respect for our vehicles and a respect for other vehicles. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation if you couldn’t tell by their name is very active in the Motorcycle world and promoting safety. They have a bunch of great advice for on the road and one of the great things they have done is created a quick and easy checklist before you go out on the road. They were creative enough to put it into an easy to remember acronym call T-CLOCS which stands for:

T – Tires & Wheels
C – Controls (This includes any levers, pedal, cables, hoses & your throttle)
L – Lights (headlights, turn signals, mirrors, battery and any other light your bike might have)
O – Oil (fluid levels)
C – Chassis (your frame, your suspension, your chain, etc.)
S – Stands (center stand and/or kickstand)

In this article I’ll be explaining the importance of chassis and stands and why would should check them. It is good to know the importance of each of the words in this acronym after all the guru of Motorcycle road safety put each of these in here for a purpose.

Chassis- Some of you might be asking; what does that word even mean? When I first heard it I had no idea what it meant but it is speaking to the supporting structure of the motorcycle. This is important that your bike is adjusted according to the weight it is carrying. This is important that you check this especially after you have either been traveling long distances where you have needed to carry more than normal or you have had an extra person on your motorcycle. You want to make sure your suspensions move smoothly and slowly. You don’t want it to be moving fast because it will throw your weight around too much when you are riding on the road and it can be potentially very dangerous. If you are bouncing up and down then you should head straight to the mechanic if you don’t have an adjustable suspension. If you do have an adjustable suspension then make sure you do it right and refer to the manual to be sure of your safety. Test it out a second time just to make sure. It won’t ever hurt.

Stands-. The stands on your motorcycle are pretty important. It’s what keeps your motorcycle from crashing to the ground. It is always good to check your stand because after a lot of use they can get bent or cracked. Check the springs to make sure they are working properly and aren’t loose. Does it look like your bike could fall? Then you’ll want to take a look at your stand and if you need to get a new stand they are fairly easy to find on the internet. Check out motorcycle parts houses which are great online tools to find the motorcycle parts you need.

I hope you learned the importance of safety on the road and learned what T-CLOCS stands for and why The Motorcycle Safety Foundation found it necessary to create the acronym for those who are operating motorcycles on the road.

Top 5 Questions to Ask a Motorcycle Lawyer

When you, or a loved one, are involved in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney who is experienced specifically in motorcycle lawsuits for a variety of reasons.

As you look for the best motorcycle accident law firm, ask a prospective motorcycle lawyer the following questions to help you find the best and most experienced legal counsel for your personal injury case:

1. Do you have any experience riding motorcycles?

Almost everyone drives a car, but comparatively few individuals ride a motorcycle. Attorneys who ride constitute an even smaller percentage of the population. But a motorcycle lawyer who actually rides will have direct knowledge, as well as the experience and perspective needed to understand your case and provide the legal assistance you need.

For example, anyone who rides and has been involved with motorcycle accident cases knows that prejudice exists against cyclists, even when they are not at fault and there are witnesses to that fact. An experienced motorcycle lawyer knows how to combat this discrimination and will not be thrown off track by it.

2. Is your initial consultation free?

You do not want the meter running while you find out if a motorcycle lawyer can help you. Without this pressure, you will feel more comfortable in relaying the facts of your accident, as well as in taking the time to assess the attorney’s responses to your questions. The attorney can also explain your rights and help you understand your options

3. What would be your main goal, if you become my attorney?

The answer you want to hear is to get your medical bills reduced as much as possible, so that you are not forced into bankruptcy nor is your account sent to a collection agency over medical bills. Simultaneously, your attorney should work with the defendant’s insurance company to assure that you are compensated fairly for your injuries.

4. How much compensation should I expect?

Look for an attorney who will aggressively seek compensation for you for past, present and future medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

5. Do you work on a contingency basis?

If your motorcycle lawyer expects you to pay even if he or she fails to win your case, that is a risk you do not need to take and pressure you do not need, especially while you are also dealing with injuries, medical bills, loss of wages, etc. In addition, a contingency fee basis provides even more incentive for your attorney to win, since you pay no legal fees unless he or she is successful in obtaining compensation for you. Then fees are paid as a percentage (of the award) to which the two of you have previously agreed upon.

For more information, contact the O’Sullivan motorcycle accident law firm, where Scott O’Sullivan has successfully handled hundreds of serious motorcycle injury cases. He is affiliated with a network of experienced lawyers across the country who represent clients nationwide. So no matter where you live, you will be represented by an experienced motorcycle lawyer. Call 303-388-5304 or toll free 866-956-2905.