ATGATT is good advice, and many conscientious riders also include hearing protection under that motto. But on occasion (perhaps when warming up the bike before or after an oil change), you should ride a few miles without them. It’s amazing how many mechanical issues can be ‘masked’ by good ear protection. Better to discover them close to home than while traveling.
And speaking of discovering maintenance issues, if you have a neighbor or family member that also rides, have him/her take your mount for a spin on occasion. Some flaws go undetected by acclimated owners, but might be readily apparent to someone else with some riding experience. Two heads better than one, you know.