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Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Owners Manual: Inspection before riding

Warning


Failure to inspect and maintain your motorcycle properly increases the chance of an accident or equipment damage.

Always perform a pre-ride inspection before each ride.

Refer to the table on page 4-4 for check items. For further details, refer to the inspec tion and maintenance section.

 

Warning


Using worn, improperly inflated, or incorrect tires will reduce stability and can cause an accident.

Follow all instructions in the tires section in this owner's manual.

Check the condition of the motorcycle to help make sure that you do not have mechanical problems or get stranded somewhere when you ride. Before riding the motorcycle, be sure to check the following items. Be sure your motorcycle is in good condition for the personal safety of the rider, passenger and protection of the motorcycle.

Warning


Checking maintenance items when the engine is running can be hazardous. You could be severely injured if your hands or clothing get caught in moving parts.

Shut the engine off when performing maintenance checks, except when checking the engine stop switch and throttle.

 

What to check

Check for:

Steering
  • Smoothness
  • No restriction of movement
  • No play or looseness
Throttle
  • Correct play in the throttle cable
  • Smooth operation and positive return of the throttle grip to the closed position
Clutch
  • Correct lever play
  • Smooth and progressive action
Brakes
  • Fluid level in the reservoir to be above "lower" line
  • Correct pedal and lever play
  • No "spininess"
  • No fluid leakage
  • Brake pads not to be worn down to the limit line
Suspension Smooth movement
Fuel Enough fuel for the planned distance of operation
Drive chain
  • Correct tension or slack
  • Adequate lubrication
  • No excessive wear or damage
Tires
  • Correct pressure
  • Adequate tread depth
  • No cracks or cuts
Engine oil Correct level
Cooling system
  • Proper coolant level
  • No coolant leakage
Lighting Operation of all lights and indicators
Horn Correct function
Engine stop switch Correct function
Side stand/ ignition interlock switch Proper operation
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