So you just checked out some pre owned motorcycles and ended up purchasing the bike of your dreams. You know you want to get out on your motorcycle for a ride – no matter the weather. You don't have to wait for the warm weather to arrive and you don't have to skip riding on the days in which the temperatures aren't rising as quickly as you'd like. Here, you'll learn a few tips to help you stay safe and comfortable during your cold-weather rides.
Your safety should always be your first concern. Before you get out there for a ride, you must take some time to do some research.
Check the weather forecast for the day. If there is any chance of precipitation, avoid riding for the day. Once the roads get wet, they can be very dangerous for riding and when it's raining, not only is it dangerous for you, but other drivers might not have the visibility to see a motorcycle on the road.
How long has it been since the last time it snowed? Riding soon after a snow can be dangerous due to the treatments that they use on the roads. Give it a few days for traffic to blow the debris off of the road before you head out on your bike.
Road temperature is another thing to consider when you're riding. If the roads are cold, you will not get the same traction that you will when the roads are warm. If you plan to ride on cold roads often, invest in a good set of tires to ensure that you have the traction you need no matter what the road temperature is.
Now, if you've determined it is safe for your ride, it's important that you wear the right gear.
Balaclava – covers your head, face and neck but allows you to breathe freely.
Long Underwear – Shop around for different types of long underwear. They have different climate ratings to provide you with enough warmth without causing you to get overheated while you're riding.
Heated Gear – For those very cold riding days, you'll do well with some heated gear. You can purchase heated gloves, pants, vests and socks to keep the blood flowing to all of your extremities.
You don't have to allow the colder weather prevent you from riding when you want. Just make some good choices and plan accordingly and you can find days to ride every month of every year.