- Make sure all nuts, bolts and fixings are tightened to the manufacturers torque settings.
- Adjust brake, clutch and throttle linkages and cables to ensure correct operation. Lubricate where necessary.
- Lubricate and adjust chain to maintain correct amount of slack (refer to bike handbook).
- Lubricate all pivot points (i.e. swinging arm bolts).
- Check Stock head and wheel bearings for excessive play and adjust accordingly.
- Test spoke tension on the wheels by tapping on each spoke lightly with a screwdriver. A correctly adjusted spoke should give a clean "ringing sound" whereas a loose spoke will give a "dull clunk".
- Visually check the bike's frame, engine, forks, plastics, wheels and tyres for cracks, leaks, tears, splits or sharp edges. Replace or repair where necessary.
- Finally, check that all mandatory safety equipment is fitted and working on the bike-handlebar crash pad, front and rear Sprocket guards, engine cut -out switch. Inspect That Race Gear!
- Helmet - possibly the most important piece of mandatory safety equipment. Make sure that it carries BSI and either Silver or Gold ACU race approved stickers. Visually inspect your helmet for cracks or chips. Tug at the straps and check for fraying. Make sure the peak and the chin guard fixings are tight. If the helmet has received any form of impact damage, discard it immediately as the integrity of the helmet has probably been damaged and may not provide sufficient head protection second time around. Remember a helmet is replaceable, your head isn't!
- Boots - Again an important mandatory requirement. Make sure they are of the correct type (i.e. Suitable for Motocross), fit correctly and are not torn, have good soles and correctly fasten with no broken buckles.
- Race Pants & Tops - Try to use quality branded items that are designed for the job and have the correct padding where required. Make sure they are the correct fit and again visually check for tears.
- Body Armour & Belt - Important safety items. The body armour protects the upper torso and shoulders while the belt protects the lower internal organs. Visually inspect for any signs of damage or wear and replace if suspect or too small.
- Safety Goggles - Scratched lenses reduce visibility by up to 50%. Quality goggles allow lenses to be replaced. Always carry spare goggles for those muddy meetings.
- Gloves - Again stick to quality items and replace if they start to wear or get tight. Carry spare sets for wet meetings.
- Knee & Elbow Pads - Recommended for added protection. Check for wear & tear.
Finally, make sure you always carry sufficient tools, essential spares and most important, enough petrol when you attend race meetings.