5 Tips for Winter Motorcycle Riding

Can’t quite stomach the thought of putting your cycle into storage just yet? If you live in the Northeast and in colder climes, you know it’s inevitable at some point due to the cold and snow, but fall and winter can be great times to ride. Sure, it’s chilly, but if you take the proper precautions, you’ll experience some of the best riding all year long.

  1. Layer Up: Not only should you dress in layers, but you should also wear the proper motorcycle gear. First you’ll need some base layers consisting of long-sleeve and long-pant insulating undergarments. This way, when you sweat, those base layers will wick away moisture so the perspiration will evaporate. A zip-up fleece with neck collar is also a great insulator. Don’t forget thick socks. For outerwear, go with a material that’s waterproof and breathable, such as Gore-Tex. The boots should be of a similar material. You may also want to add riding pegs with more of a grip. For gloves, you want good insulation and grips for a lightweight form of protection.
  2. Prep Your Motorcycle: You’ll need protection from the elements when riding in cold weather, so invest in a large windscreen and handguards for starters. Heated grips and adventure-style riding pegs are also good ideas. Before setting out, check all hoses and connections, as well as your fluid levels such as oil and antifreeze.
  3. Get Adequate Tires: When the cold weather hits, your tires get cold too, which translates to limited traction. Sure, you can add heat to the tires while riding, but you should always make sure your tires are in good shape for the season, with adequate tread and proper tire pressure for every outing.
  4. Check Road Conditions: Think about the route you’re going to take and be careful when navigating. Salt and black ice are your enemies: steer clear of both. When the roads get icy, the plows and salt trucks can do a real number on the roads, causing cracks and potholes that present an added challenge to your navigation skills. Give your bike a carwash whenever possible to keep salt from corroding the metal.
  5. Increase Your Following Distance: Visibility and space between vehicles decreases in colder weather. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down to allow for that limited visibility. This way, you can react to hazards in plenty of time. Best bet is to stay a few car lengths behind. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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