3. Lights

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Anyone who’s ever had the bulb fail on a single headlight motorcycle, on a moonless night, in the remotest wilds of the countryside, can tell you that the initial instant of pitch black is terrifying. Making sure all your bulbs are working before you ride will lessen the chance that you’ll get a goodly distance from home and discover your headlight is dead, just as the sun dips below the horizon. Turn signals and brake lights are also pretty dang important if you ride your bike anywhere near other road users. Checking your lights is as simple as flipping both your turn signals and looking for the lights reflected off the walls of your garage. Use your mirrors and do the same thing with both the front and rear brakes.