T-CLOCS - Break Down Part 2 - Controls
Second Part of the T-CLOCS Break Down - Controls
To continue to go through the T-CLOCS , today I will go over the first C and that stands for Controls. Of course you pre-ride check over can quicker than what I am writing about but this is not only a guide for that pre-ride check but also a more in depth pre-season (for some it is something to do until you can be out riding) check.
You need to make sure your handle bars are straight and can turn from full lock in both directions with no issues. You should make sure there are no dents or broken sections. Also your bars should not be loose. Some bikes do have some play in the handle bars due to bushings or some bikes with Ape hangers (mostly older ones) the Bars will move because they are designed without a stop to prevent movement.
Make sure your grips are tight and in good shape. If you heated grips you should check wires to make sure they are in good shape.
You should make sure all controls are tight and in working order on the bars. Your levers should move without sticking and be adjusted to your preferences.
You should check your foot controls for any damage or if there is anything that need tightened. Make sure you check your foot pegs and /or floorboards, even your passenger ones. I have a 1986 FXR that the floorboard vibrates loose all the time, even with lock tight.
Also make sure your foot controls (shifter and brake) are in the correct position for you. Most bike have adjustments that can be made to make it safer and easier to use those controls.
Make sure your Shifter will move up and down without grinding or clunking. Your foot brake should not stick or be too soft either.
Controls stands for not just your hand and foot controls but the cables and wires that make them work. You should make sure there is no damage to any of them. Check for spots where they are rubbing or getting pinched. If you can find that early it will much better than finding it when it breaks going down the road.
Also check the any hoses you have that move gas, water, brake Fluid, or oil to make sure there are no leaks, bubbles, or cracks. Our bikes spend a lot of time out in the sun and that can really take a toll on hoses.
You should also make sure your throttle is working as it should, is not sticking, and is adjusted as it should be. Aslo check your Throttle lock, wrist rest, and cruise control if you have them.