As one of the Founder Members of DFC, I was allocated the portfolio of “Safety and Training Officer” I am responsible for all safety and training matters of the Chapter:

  • Identify and provide information relating to rider training needs.

  • Arrange pack rider training when needed, in conjunction with HRC.

  • Set up/arrange “Advance Rider Course” and “Skill Rider Courses” for all members.

  • Provide rider and motorcycle safety information.

  • Assist HRC when needed.

I will regularly be placing an article or 2 on our website relating to bike safety, personal safety, riding tips etc. as well as any up coming training courses. Please look out for these articles, read them and apply them where necessary.

- Kevin Atkinson  

The TCLOCK Checklist

P.S. Watch out for next month's topic on:

TCLOCK is an inspection that you should carry out before and after riding your motorcycle, whether it be a short ride to the local mall or a nice long Sunday breakfast ride. The reason I say after a ride as well is that it gives you time to rectify any problems you may find on the motorcycle before your next ride.    The inspection should only take a few minutes of your time, but it could save you hours/days of frustration if the problems were picked up and repaired before a ride.


The TCLOCK Checklist


TCLOCK is an acronym that helps to cover the bike from stem to stern, for a quick inspection:


T- Tires and Wheels

  • Tires- Check tread depth, wear and air pressure

  • Wheels- See if any spokes are loose or if the rim is bent or cracked. See if it turns freely, but is not loose on the axle.


C- Control Levers

  • Inspect levers. Verify they are not bent or broken and move easily.

  • Check cables for fraying and lubricate them.

  • Check hoses for cracks, leaks, bulges and chaffed areas

  • Make sure the throttle moves freely. Closes easily. Lube if needed.


L- Lights & Battery

  • Check that the battery terminals are clean and tight and that the electrolyte level is correct. Plus make sure the vent tube is hooked to the vent outlet and not kinked

  • Check the turn signals and brake lights for proper operation. Make sure the lenses are not cracked or broken

  • Headlight- Check for proper operation and alignment


O- Oil Levels


Check engine oil level plus transmission and primary drive fluid levels

C- Chassis

  • Steering Head-Move handlebars back and forth to check for tight spots or binding.

  • Hold the front brake and rock the bike front to back to check for any free play in the neck bearings.

  • Suspension- Check the front forks and the rear shocks for smooth travel and right air pressure (If equipped)

  • Belt- Check tension and visually inspect for any rocks or other objects stuck in it.

  • Fasteners- Check for any loose nuts or bolts and tighten if needed


K- Kickstand

Side stand- Check for ease of operation and spring action.

I hope T-CLOCK will become a permanent part of your ride ritual and you have many kilometres of trouble-free and safe riding.

 Until next time ….



Kevin   S&T Officer

- September 2018

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