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Motorcycle maintenance

You need to have your motorcycle serviced regularly and use your owner’s manual to carry out safety checks before each journey.

  • Tyres should be in good condition and have a tread that is at least 1.5mm deep across the tread surface.
  • Check sidewalls don’t have any cuts, cracks or bumps and that the tyres don’t have worn or uneven tread.
  • Tyre pressure needs to be set to the optimal level and should be checked every two weeks when the tyres are cold.
  • Ensure your chain has the correct tension, as riding with a slack or worn chain can cause the rear wheel to lock.
  • Lubricant should be applied to the pivot points of the chain to ensure optimal operation.
  • Ensure the brake pads have sufficient material to stop the bike when the brakes are fully applied.
  • Check that the level of engine oil is in between the high and low marks on the inspection window.
  • The level of brake fluid on both the rear and master cylinder reservoirs should be checked regularly.
  • Make sure you check the coolant level and top up as required.
  • Ensure that the fork legs are operational and that there is no evidence of oil leakage.
  • Check that all front lights, high beams, low beams, brake lights, front and rear brakes and the horn are working.
  • Ensure that your battery contains the correct level of fluid, topping up if levels are low.


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Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.