If it works for airplane pilots, it can work for you.
We mean, of course, going through a pre-ride checklist. That's the best way to find little problems before they become big ones.
Bikes vary (yep, consult your manual), but, generally, you'll want to check: the level of both the motor and transmission oil; tire air pressures; fuel or brake-fluid leaks; bolt tightness; electrical switches and controls.
If something is wrong, fix it.