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Course Outline

An easy way to remember the items to inspect before each ride is “CHEC FIRST.”

Chain/Drive Shaft

  • Check for damage and tightness.
  • Add lubrication as needed.


  • Move left and right to check ease of steering.
  • Check all controls on handlebars.
  • Make sure throttle, clutch, and brake move easily and snap back.
  • Turn light switch on and check headlight, taillight, and brake light.
  • Make sure cables are not damaged or kinked.


  • Spark arrestor must be U.S. Forest Service–approved.
  • Muffler should not be damaged, rusty, or leaking.
  • Adding loud aftermarket exhaust system is illegal.


  • Check for loose or worn parts.
  • Check shifter for smoothness.
  • Check for leaks or noise.


  • Make sure all are full—gas, oil, coolant, and brake fluid.
  • Check fuel lines for leaks and air filter for debris.

Ignition and Engine Stop Switch

  • Check ignition switch and test engine stop switch.
  • Make sure battery is properly charged and not damaged.


  • Check registration decal or trail pass for expiration and easy visibility.
  • Carry registration paperwork or registration certificate and ATV Safety Certificate as required.

Spare Parts/Tool Kit

  • Carry spare parts such as spark plugs, tire repair kit, duct tape, etc.
  • Check tool kit and owner’s manual.

Tires and Wheels

  • Check for proper air pressure.
  • Inspect tires for wear and damage.
  • Check lug nuts and wheel bearings.
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