Honda Motorcycle

Pre-ride Guide

Take Care of the Unexpected

Before each ride, it’s important to inspect your motorcycle and make sure any problem you find is corrected. A careful pre-ride inspection and good maintenance are especially important, not only for safety, but because having a breakdown, or even a flat tire, can be a major inconvenience. Always perform a pre-ride inspection before every ride and correct any problems.

Preparing for a Ride

A safe and enjoyable ride begins with good planning and preparation. Always ride with at least one other person in case you have trouble, and let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.

Before riding, take time to get acquainted with your motorcycle and how it works. To protect your investment, we urge you to take responsibility for keeping your motorcycle well maintained. Scheduled service is a must, of course. But it’s just as important to observe the break-in guidelines, and perform all pre-ride and other periodic checks detailed in your owner’s manual. We also recommend that you read your owner’s manual before you ride. It’s full of facts, instructions, safety information, and helpful tips.

What to take with you

When preparing for a Ride, what you take with you during a ride depends how long you expect to ride, how far you might go, and how experienced you or your companions are. We recommend that you always take water, a snack, a first aid kit, and your owner’s manual.

How much weight you put on your motorcycle, and how you load it, are important to your safety. Improperly loading your motorcycle can affect its stability and handling. Anytime you ride with a passenger or cargo, you should be aware that there are guidelines and other information in your owner’s manual. The weight of added accessories will reduce the maximum cargo weight you can carry. If you require more information on the cargo you can carry on your motorcycle, speak to your Honda dealer.


For your safety, it is very important to take a few moments before each ride to walk around your motorcycle and check its condition. If you detect any problem; be sure you take care of it, or have it corrected by your Honda dealer.

  • Engine oil level - add engine oil if required. Check for leaks.
  • Fuel level - fill fuel tank when necessary. Check for leaks.
  • Coolant level - add coolant if required. Check for leaks.
  • Front and rear brakes - check operation; make sure there is no brake fluid leakage.
  • Tires - check condition and pressure.
  • Drive chain - check condition and slack. Adjust and lubricate if necessary.
  • Throttle - check for smooth opening and full closing in all steering positions.
  • Lights and horn - check that the headlight, tail/brake light, turn signals, indicators and horn function properly.
  • Engine stop switch - check for proper function.
  • Side stand – check ignition cut-off system for proper function.

For more information refer to your owner’s manual and speak to your local Honda dealer.