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I'm planning on a long trip (a couple thousand kilometres) on the Wing this summer. The bike has started to develop sounds, nothing major sounding but creaks and such that weren't there before. It has 89,000 km on it and the bike is a 1984. Should I get a safety check on the bike? I have a friend from this site; maybe I can ask him to take it for a ride and see what he thinks. I'm not mechanically minded so can't do the safety check myself. Thoughts??? I'd hate for something to happen on the road.
 

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Ifyou are not mechanically minded, as you state, then I would have it checked out. There are never any guarantees that you won't have problems on the road, and the older the vehicle the higher the likelihood of it occurring, generally, but you should do what you can to take care of any known problems prior to leaving on a trip to lessen the chances. JMHO

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I'd do both your friend and a regular mechanic never know what they will pick up. IMHO better to play on the safe side. Still no guarantee but you will probably sleep better and enjoy your trip more. That in itself is worth the money of a safety/mechanical inspection.
 

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Remember too, you always hear new sounds when you are getting ready to head out on a long haul.:D Not a bad idea to have it checked if you have any doubts anyway.:cool:
 

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I'm just wondering what gets checked in a safety check???
 

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If I'm going 1000 miles + I always check; water, fluids, lubrication levels, tires and proper air pressure, wear & balance, brake parts, tighten lose bolts and nuts, lights,turn signals, flashers, extra key, oil change if it's within range, hand controls, foot controls, foot rests, front end parts (visual on seals), extra fuses, waxed for good looks :)

I have a check list somewhere on my computer, if I find it I'll post it.
 
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