Many people are afraid of winter riding because they think it’s dangerous. But in fact, there are more than a few benefits to taking your motorcycle out on the coldest days of the year.
Here are five tips to help you get the most out of winter riding:
- Know Your Environment
Before you hit the road, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with. Here are some tips for dealing with winter weather:
- Make sure that your bike is properly maintained and ready for winter use.
- Check tire pressure and adjust if necessary.
- If your bike has ABS, make sure it’s working properly by checking for a flashing light or by turning off the system and restarting it.
- Plan Your Route Wisely
Road conditions can be unpredictable at any time of year, but they can be particularly dangerous during snowstorms or heavy rain. If possible, try to avoid driving through areas where there is poor visibility or where there isn’t enough space between cars on the roadways (for example, if traveling on highways). Also keep in mind that bridges and overpasses may close during storms due to high winds or ice buildup on the structures themselves (be sure to check before heading out).
- Make sure your motorcycle is in good shape
Winter riding can be dangerous if you have a bike that is not up to the task of handling the cold, wet roads and wind. Make sure you’re riding a bike that has been well maintained, has good tyres and brakes, and is well broken-in. You should also make sure that it has been tuned up recently so that it runs at its best.
- Take care of your body
The best way to prevent injuries on cold days is by keeping warm, dry and hydrated. You should wear layers of clothing that are warm but breathable so you don’t sweat or get too hot inside your jacket or coat. Remember to drink lots of water and eat high-energy food when possible to keep your body running at full strength. If you must wear gloves, make sure they fit snugly over your fingers so they won’t cut off circulation or cause numbness in your hands.
- Plan your ride in advance
You can also plan your ride based on what kind of riding you want to do. Stay away from busy roads and avoid those pesky potholes. Be sure to include plenty of rest stops along your route so that you can replenish your fuel tank and eat something warm for lunch (or dinner). If you’re not sure where you’re going, start with Google Maps and see what turns up.
Planning your winter motorcycle ride is an important part of getting the most out of it. If you’re going somewhere new, check the weather and road conditions before you leave. If you know that bad weather is coming, plan accordingly (and avoid riding on icy roads).
Don’t forget the essentials when packing for winter riding: warm underwear (long johns or thermal underwear), socks, and boots or shoes with good traction properties (leather boots are best)!