Show me, Tell me

Identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

  • Identify where to check level, ie 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.

Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine.

  • Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary)

Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.

  • Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings

Show me how you would check that the lights brake lights and reflectors are clean and working.

  • Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for cleanliness and operation.

Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine.

  • 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.

Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine

  • Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from lock to lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixed parts.

Tell me how you would check you tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

  • Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owners manual. Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band at least ¾ of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no lumps, bulges or tears.

Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine. Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake. Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine.

  • Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusual play.

Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch.

  • Operate switch.

Tell me how carrying a pillion passenger or a heavy load would effect the handling of the machine generally



  • Cornering would be harder to do also the passenger may not like it being done too fast
  • Accelerating- you should not accelerate too fast as the pillion may fall off or the front wheel becomes light
  • Braking – it would take longer to stop
  • Steering would be effected when going fast or slow for example u-turns would be harder

Tell me what adjustments would you make to the machine if you are carrying a pillion or a heavy load

  • Headlight needs dipping down
  • mirrors need adjusting
  • rear suspension needs adjusting -firming up
  • putting down rear footpegs
  • adjusting rear tyre pressure according to the owners manual
  • adjusting the chain as it would tighten with more weight

What would you tell a pillion passenger before they get on the back of your bike

  • lean with me in bends
  • hold onto me or the grab rail
  • sit still especially when going slowly
  • lean forward when accelerating
  • backwards when braking and brace yourself a bit
  • get on and off the bike only when i tell you to
  • keep feet up on footpegs
  • sit facing forward and wear all the proper equipment