Its pretty impressive to see a skilled Tech Inspector quickly check your bike to make sure it is safe and ready to rock the track. It can also be a real bummer to get rejected and have to scramble to fix a deficiency, or worse yet.....load up and head home because of something that is not an easy fix.

Here's some insight into what we're looking for when you come through tech.

Disclaimer: This isn't intended to be an "official" pass/fail checklist, and some minor points are up to the inspector's discretion. However, this will give you a pretty good idea of what we're going to look at.

Bike should be running as it enters tech….listen for bad sounds and look for leaks
Check fork tubes for evidence of active fluid leakage (especially USD forks)
Visually check front brake pad thickness (gas-out grooves can be a good indicator)
Do front brake pads contact rotor evenly?
Check front tire condition - tread depth, evidence of age-cracking
Verify tire valve cap is in place
Verify headlight is taped over (preferably disconnected)
Verfiy kill switch condition / operation
Check throttle for proper operation and good "snap-back" from full open (bike not running)
Verify right side grip is secure and properly positioned
Check front brake lever travel / feel, master cylinder fluid level
Check for loose fairing / bodywork - front and right side
Verify turnsignals are taped over or removed
Check right side frame/axle sliders for secure attachment
Check rear brake pedal for proper attachment, proper feel, master cylinder fluid level
Check right side footpeg for secure attachment
Check axle nut for apparent looseness
Visually check rear brake pad thickness
Check exhaust can(s) for secure attachment
Check for evidence of interference between exhaust and swing arm (SV650 in particular)
Check rear tire condition - tread depth, evidence of severe overheating, cold tears, cracking, etc.
Check for loose seat / rear bodywork
Verify taillight is taped over (ideally, brake light should be removed/disabled)
If license plate is present, assure bolts are taped or otherwise secured (recommend removing plate if practical)
Check drive chain tension (recommend 1 inch minimum slack in free run)
Check left side footpeg for secure attachment
Check shifter and linkage for secure attachment
Check left side frame/axle sliders for secure attachment
If drive chain has clip-type master link, assure safety clip is in place and oriented properly
If bike has centerstand installed, recommend removal if it appears to limit cornering clearance
Check for evidence of rear shock fluid leakage, if possible
Check for loose fairing / bodywork - left side
Check clutch lever for secure attachment, proper feel
Check left grip for looseness
Inquire about tire pressure