Join Date: May 2010
Location: Broadway, Virginia, USA
Combine all the responses above into an attitude.
Your attitude before you get on the bike will affect your riding habits and skills. Learn it the right way the first time so you don't have to unlearn bad habits.
Each time you go out, go the same routine. Develop your own routine but make sure it's inclusive of all the recommended items above and add in some of what you like too.
I clean my windscreen and face shield each time I ride with pledge and a micro fiber cloth. That's the last thing I do, right after my butler cup, lol My wife thinks I'm insane for the method but it works for me.
Of course I start off with things like tire pressure checks, oil/antifreeze checks. Warm up engine while checking lights and inspecting the tires for debris that doesn't belong or cuts. Verifying my gear is all there, in good working order and packed where I want it. I always carry a tool kit, rain suit, map and first aid kit. Usually some spare cash and a spare key for the bike.
Good luck, ride safe and be defensive at all times. Make sure you have a way out at all times, even at traffic lights or stop signs. One foot down, bike in 1st gear and ready to launch if the need arises.
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Rider Ed Level 4 #8529 (Master)