Next, take a gander at the brake wear indicators and replace the pads or shoes as needed. The rear shocks should be oil-tight and resistant to movement in both directions. If they come up short on either score, it’s time for new ones. Holding the rear wheel in the same plane as the swingarm, try to pull the wheel towards you and then push it away. If the swingarm moves, it’s time to adjust or replace the swingarm bearings. While tugging on the swingarm, inspect the chain and sprockets or drive belt for wear and proper adjustment. Lubricate the chain as required. The control cables are often overlooked, so make sure they have the correct free play and move smoothly. Adjust and lubricate them as required. Make certain that all of the master cylinders are full—the fluid should be up to the level and clear. If the stuff looks like mud, plan on changing it soon. Lastly, check any and all lights and don’t forget the horn. At this point, assuming all went well, you’re ready to wash and wax the bike and ride off into the sunset.