Make sure it’s U.S. Department of Transportation approved, fits snugly, and is free of cracks, loose padding or other defects.
Helps protect your face in a crash, as well as from wind, dust, dirt, rain, bugs, and stones thrown up from cars.
Allows a better grip and helps protect your hands in a crash. Should be made of leather or similar durable material.
Should fully cover your arms and legs while allowing free movement. Wear a jacket even in warm weather to prevent dehydration.
Should cover your ankles and give them support. Soles should be made of hard, slip resistant material. And, make sure you tuck in your laces.
Clean and adjust mirrors before riding. You should be able to see the lane behind you and most of the lane next to you.
The throttle should snap back when you let it go. The clutch should feel tight and smooth.
Try the front and rear brake levers one at a time. Make sure each one feels firm and holds the motorcycle when the brake is fully applied.
Make sure high beams and low beams are working.
Check oil and fluid levels. You should check hydraulic fluids and coolant at least once a week. Look for signs of oil or gas leaks.
Check air pressure and tread condition.
Try both brake controls, and make sure each one turns on the brake light.
Make sure both turn signal lights are working properly.