Guys and girls. Apart from having the ability to ride your scooter or your bike, would you risk you life riding a machine that WILL KILL you? NO?
Then why do we see so many ‘scraps’ on the road? Scooters or bikes that can only be called DEATH TRAPS.!!!
You do not have to be a mechanical engineer or learned person, to keep you scoot/bike in a safe condition. Its basic people. You do the following before you get on your scoot/bike or any other scoot/bike for that reason. Even the one you are just taking for a quick spin around the block.
- Sit on the scooter/bike and push it forward, while applying first the front and then the rear brake lever. If there is excessive play on the levers or weird noises and the scoot/bike fails to stop, do not ride it!!!
- Ensure the tires are properly inflated. ALWAYS!! Even when you make a quick stop on route, give them a visual check. An under or over deflated tire is dangerous!! ALSO ensure there is no visible cuts or deformations. And that there is enough wear on the tire.
- Fuel – Obvious!! So is engine oil level. And if you can see the brake fluid levels, even better. If you see a leak of any kind, fix it before you go for a ride.
- Ensure everything on the scoot/bike is fastened properly. Even your luggage.
- Check that your lights work. Including your indicators.
- Check the mirrors. Are they clean and can you see behind you?
- Ensure the controls work. All the switches and turn the throttle a few times while the engine is off. If you notice anything that you do not feel comfortable with, get it fixed asap.
- And if you start a scooter or a bike and there is weird noises or excessive smoke coming from the exhaust or anywhere from the scooter, switch off and have your scooter checked out.
Above is just a few simple steps you can make part of your daily riding habit. I’ve been doing it for the past 20 years and many times refused to ride, because I did not feel happy with something. And I am still here to write this article, so obviously it helped to keep me alive all those years.
And I’ve seen many fatal accidents over the years, caused by the lack of general maintenance.
And here is another bit of very important advise. Resist taking a mate’s scoot or bike for a spin. You don’t know the scoot/bike. You don’t know what works and what does not work. A lot of accidents happen on scooters or bikes you are not familiar with.
IS YOUR LIFE WORTH A QUICKIE!!!??