5. Brakes

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Brakes are the most important system on your motorcycle. Your bike can stop a hell of a lot faster than the engine can accelerate it. Having brakes functioning at their very best is vital for your safety – and your riding enjoyment on a twisty road. Check brake-line junctions from the levers to the calipers, and give your brake lever a couple of squeezes before you start your bike’s engine. You’re looking for the same level of firmness as on the previous time you rode your bike. If it is softer or the lever pulls back further than on previous tests, you may have a leak or air in your lines.