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Hello everyone,
Last night I bought my very first bike. A 1996 Suzuki Bandit 600s with 16k miles. It's in great condition. The seller list out all of the things maintenanced on the bike, however I would like to know the basics.

What should I check before I hit the road?

What should I check daily, weekly, monthly?

That's all I have for now. I've skimmed through a few threads but they seem generic. I'd like some advice that I'll be able to carry on for a while.

Thank you
 

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Check tires over for nail or crap....
Check oil level....
Walk around n look it over well....
Antifreeze level if liquid cooled....tanks have a window...
Check brake levers to make sure ur brakes work...
If a chain or belt...take a peak...Need lube if chain drive...?
Check gas....sucks to run out....
These things i do everyday be4 i ride....
Wear gear if ur able.....
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I've skimmed through a few threads but they seem generic. I'd like some advice that I'll be able to carry on for a while.
It is generic. It's all common sense. Check tires, chain/belt, battery, levers, latches if you have them, oil(s). But as Dodsfall points out, checking air pressure is probably the most neglected that can literally mean life or death. All the others just costly.
 

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I give my tires a swift kick everyday.....
Least i know if they're some air in there....
Every week i use the tire gauge....
I wear steal toes leather boots.....
Don't do it with sneeks......LOL
Or flip flops....
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N wear ur gear....
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+1 more to tire pressure, too often overlooked.

As far as often, but maybe not daily inspection, might be spoke tension.
Listen to them ping as you tap each with a screwdriver. If one or two don't ping, but thud, maybe a spoke wrench is all you need.
Maybe more......:frown:

I broke a clutch cable at the beginning of a long trip.....but I was still in my own yard and only a few blocks from a dealer.
That could have been much worse. Check all cables for fraying and adjustments.

Check your toolkit: can you get to it, and can you change a headlight or taillight bulb? Check for any loose nuts or bolts that might fall out?

Before every ride, take a walk around:

Is a stray bungie cord about to fall in love with your chain and sprockets?

Anything look out of the ordinary?

Did you park over that puddle of fluid?

 

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+1000 on tire pressure. I check mine before every ride and keep them at the correct pressure. Temperature and atmospheric changes can really make you tire pressure fluctuate. That may be why I have over 10K on my last set of Anakee 3's. (though the front is near replacing) Remember, you only have two tires and no spare.
Other than that, all the other suggestions here are valid as well.
 

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If you're mechanically inclined, get the factory service manual.

It will detail the regular maintenance.

Daily stuff...

Most has been mentioned, and I will give a nod to the importance of tire pressure... you only have 2 under you.
 

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Thank you everyone for the advice. I've found a manual online a skimmed through a lot of useful information.
 
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