SAFETY CHECK QUESTIONS FOR MOTORCYCLE TESTS.
. Identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify where to check level, i.e. dipstick or sight glass. Explain that level should be between max and min marks. For dipstick remove dipstick and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against max/min marks. For sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking.
* Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine (off road only).
Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).
* Identify where the brake fulid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.
Identefy reservoir, check level agains high/low markings.
* Show me how you would check that the lights and brake lights and reflectors are clean and working.
Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for cleanliness and operation.
* Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine.
Check for chain wear, correct tension and rear wheel alignment. Tension should be adjusted as specified in the machine handbook. Drive chain should be lubricated to ensure that excessive wear does not take place.
* Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine. Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left lock to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixed parts.
* Tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner's manual. Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band at least 3/4 of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no lumps, bluges or tears.
* Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine.
Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake.
* Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine.
Check for escessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusal play or sponginess.
* Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch.
Operate switch without the engine being started.
What advice you would give a pillion passenger ?
* Tell them to dress appropriately and wear and approved safety helmet. (fastened).
* Tell them not to get on or off until instructed to do so.
* Make sure they get on the motorcycle from the kerb side and sit astride the motorcycle, with their feet of the foot pegs at all times, holding onto the grab rail, rider's waist or a combination of the two.
* Don't fidget or move around.
* Lean with the rider not the machine.
* Don't give any arm signals.
* Tell them to look over my shoulders don't look around my shoulders.
What adjustments would you make to the motorcycle if you were taking a pillion passenger ?
The following Information can be found in the owners Handbook.
* Increase the tyre pressures.
* Stiffen the suspension.
* Lower the headlight aim.
* Lower the rear foot pegs down.
* Adjust the mirrors after the pillion gets on.
How will the extra weight affect the handling of the motorcycle?
* The centre of gravity is raised making the motorcycle top heavy and unstable.
* At slow speeds the motorcycle is more unstable.
* The steering will become lighter.
* Accelerating and braking will take longer.
* At speed the bike will drop into the bend quicker and be harder to lift back up.
What could also affect your balance?
* Gusting wind.
* Alcohol and drugs.
* A badly maintained motorcycle.
* Unevenly packed top box and panniers.
* Uneven road surfaces.