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Below are the safety check questions and answers for motorcycles. Two combinations of these questions will be asked on your module two test. You will need to memorise all of them.

Vehicle safety checks have always been part of the official syllabus for learning to ride. The source material can be found in the DSA publication 'Riding the Essential Skills'. The manufacture's handbook should also be consulted.

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Show Me - Horn

Question: Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine? (off road only)

Answer: Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Show Me - Brake Light

Question: Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working?

Answer: Operate brake, place hand over light or make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.

Show Me - Steering

Question: Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine?

Answer: 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.

Show Me - Front Brake

Question: Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine?

Answer: Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake.

Show Me - Brakes

Question: Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine?

Answer: Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusual play or sponginess.

Show Me - Emergency Cut Out

Question: Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch?

Answer: Operate switch, without the engine being started.

Show Me - Rear Fog Light

Question: Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it? (if fitted)

Answer: Operate switch (turn on ignition and dipped headlights if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Show Me - Headlight

Question: Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam?

Answer: Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

Tell Me - Oil

Question: Identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil?

Answer: 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.

Tell Me - Brake Fluid

Question: Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid?

Answer: Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

Tell Me - Lights

Question: Tell me how you would check that the lights and reflectors are clean and working?

Answer: Explanation only: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for cleanliness and operation.

Tell Me - Chain

Question: Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine?

Answer: 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.

Tell Me - Tyres

Question: 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?

Answer: 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 ¾ of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no lumps, bulges or tears.


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