If you are currently training or looking to start a motorcycle training course you might want to brush up on the Bike Show Me, Tell Me questions below.
You will be asked up to 5 of these questions when you take your riding test.
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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.
Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).
Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.
Explanation only: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for cleanliness and operation.
Operate brake, place hand over light or make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.
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.
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.
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, bulges or tears.
Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake.
Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusual play or sponginess.
Operate switch, without the engine being started.
Operate switch (turn on ignition and dipped headlights if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
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