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View Poll Results: How often do you preflight your ride?
Every time I start the engine 2 9.52%
Daily 2 9.52%
Weekly 6 28.57%
Once in the springtime, once in the fall 0 0%
Whenever I remember it 10 47.62%
Before and after every ride, cross my heart and hope to die 1 4.76%
Dunno; my servants do that sort of stuff for me 1 4.76%
I do it when I feel like it. Quit nagging 3 14.29%
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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-25-2011, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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So: just how many of you do a walk-around preflight of your bike? Check all the lights/turn signals, brake lights, tire pressures, loose fittings, clean the mirrors and the windshield (clean 'em if 'ya gottem...)

Fess up and be honest
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Every time I leave the house on a new day. But once I'm out riding around, if I stop somewhere I don't do it again till the next time I leave home.

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Same here. Every time. But when I stop somewhere I do give it all a looky just to make sure nothing is missing.

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I'm a former flyer and used to pre-flight thoroughly, but I'm not leaving the ground (intentionally) on my V-star. I check the tires every couple weeks, the rest about once a week.

The difference is in a plane, you can't pull over to the side of the road.
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Straight up here, yes I do a total pre flight before each ride, sometimes the night right before. I figger if the bike is good, then the rest of bein safe is up to me(the ridin part)

At a piss stop or just take a break, I do a walk around before taking off again. That rountine has kept me unright many moons

It is bad enough, bike vs idiot on the road, I figger have all the ammo on your side that you can Ride Safe

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Before every road trip and no other time.
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I never realized how much i slack on this one OUCH!!! Time for me to get with the program

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I do a preflight check on weekend rides. But when I ride to work or in the evenings after work I don't. Shame on you SparkyD.

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 02:15 AM
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OTR truck driver, so before every trip and often during stops here and there............. Pilot, so you'd think I'd fail one for the slightest thing and I rode a badly dry rotted set of tires............. a few hundred times on several different bikes and have had my share of blow-outs.

Do I check every little thing? YES
Do I ride when I shouldn't? Sadly, YES... The only thing I can say is that I know what to expect.

In truth, the younger I get, the less I take those little chances, but I'm still guilty.


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Originally Posted by paddy View Post
The difference is in a plane, you can't pull over to the side of the road.
but you can pull over in the Hudson
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