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T-Clock Page Index:
Tires & Wheels  |  Controls  |  Lights  |  Oil  |  Chassis  |  Kick Stand

Before riding, check your equipment. T-CLOCK!

T-Clock Item What to Check What to Look For Check-Off

T - Tires & Wheels

Tires Condition Tread depth, wear, weathering, evenly sealed, bulges, embedded objects. Front/Rear
Air Pressure Check when cold, adjust to load/speed. Front/Rear
Wheels Spokes Bent, broken, missing, tension, check at top of wheel "ring" OK - "thud," loose spoke. Front/Rear
Cast Cracks, dents. Front/Rear
Rims Out of round/true = 5mm. Spin wheel, index against stationary pointer. Front/Rear
Bearings Grab top and bottom of tire and flex: No free play (click) between hub and axle, no growling when spinning. Front/Rear
Seals Cracked, cut or torn, excessive grease on outside, reddish-brown around outside. Front/Rear

C - Controls

Levers Condition Broken, bent, cracked, mounts tight, ball ends on handlebar lever. Front/Rear
Pivots Lubricated.
Cables Condition Cuts, cracks, leaks, bulges, chafing, deterioration.
Routing No interference or pulling at steering head, suspension, no sharp angles, wire looms in place.
Hoses Condition Cuts, cracks, leaks, bulges, chafing, deterioration.
Routing No interference or pulling at steering head, suspension, no sharp angles, wire looms in place.
Throttle Operation Moves freely, snaps closed, no revving.

L - Lights

Battery Condition Terminals clean and tight, electrolyte level, held down securely.
Vent Tube Not kinked, routed properly, not plugged.
Lenses Condition Cracked, broken, securely mounted, excessive condensation.
Reflectors Condition Cracked, broken, securely mounted.
Wiring Condition Fraying, chafing, insulation.
Routing Pinched, no interference or pulling at steering head or suspension, wire looms and ties in place, connectors tight, clean.
Head lamp Condition Cracks, reflector, mounting and adjustment system.
Aim Height and right/left.

O - Oil

Levels Engine Oil Check warm on center stand, dipstick, sight glass.
Hypoid Gear Oil Transmission, rear driver, shaft.
Hydraulic Fluid Brakes, clutch, reservoir or sight glass.
Coolant Reservoir and/or coolant recovery tank - cool only.
Fuel Tank or gauge.
Leaks Engine Oil Gaskets, housings, seals.
Hypoid Gear Gaskets, seals, breathers.
Hydraulic Fluid Hoses, master cylinders, calipers.
Coolant Radiator, hoses, tanks, fittings, pipes.
Fuel Lines, fuel taps, carburetors.

C - Chassis

Frame Condition Cracks at gussets, accessory mounts, look for paint lifting.
Steering-Head Bearings No dent or tight spots through full travel, raise front wheel, check for play by pulling/pushing forks.
Swing arm Bushings/Bearings Raise rear wheel, check for play by pushing/pulling swing arm.
Suspension Forks Smooth travel, equal air pressure/damping anti-dive settings. Left/Right
Shock(s) Smooth travel, equal pre-load/air pressure/damping settings, linkage moves freely and is lubricated. Left/Right
Chain or Belt Tension Check at tightest point.
Lubrication Side plates when hot. Note: Do not lubricate belts.
Sprockets Teeth not hooked, securely mounted.
Fasteners Threaded Tight, missing bolts, nuts.
Clips Broken, missing.
Cotter Pins Broken, missing.

K - Kick Stand

Center stand Condition Cracks, bent.
Retention Springs in place, tension to hold position.
Side stand Condition Cracks, bent (safety cut-out switch or pad if equipped).
Retention Springs in place, tension to hold position.
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