It’s the time of year that I dread the most. Summer is done and now I have to ride my motorcycle in the cold winter. It becomes a totally different beast. Temperatures drop, road conditions change, visibility and being visible are major worries and staying dry is a real issue. That being said, it never stops me from riding. I am hardcore to the end, and I don’t think I will ever stop riding due to weather conditions. I have chosen motorcycles as my transportation and I’m sticking to it. Over the years I have, through trial and error of course, developed methods that keep me safe, warm, visible and dry.
Here are my tips to remember:
I have plenty of other pointers that over the years have helped me. The tips above are the basics and essentials. You can go a lot further, like buying and installing a windshield. Wind chill is a killer, your eyes tear and burn in the cold wind. The shield is a definite aid, but is a little pricey. You can install a heated seat. Once again a rather hefty investment, but depending on how much time you spend on your butt in the cold, it may be worth it. I always travel with heated inserts for my gloves and feet. I never start the journey with them, but use them once I have become colder. It’s a great injection of heat. And lastly, I always travel with a full rain suit. No matter what precautions you take, nothing is worse than riding and ending up with soaked clothing. At the first sight of rain, I am in my bright yellow rain suit. Invest in a good one. It’s truly a lifesaver.
Suffer for my passion. It keeps me alive and vital. I love riding in all conditions, some you just have to work harder at than others. I hope these little tidbits will keep you safe and warm.
Until Summer . . . . . .