Riding your Bike in Winter
With a lot of riders winter riding is not an option. A lot of riders give their bike a final clean, put there bike in the garage with a thick layer of grease on anything that moves, then cover it with a tarpaulin and forget about it until the daffodils shoot from the ground.
But what about riders who use their pride and joy to commute to work every day or still enjoy riding it through the winter months? With the right kit and using common sense there is no reason why you can’t carry on riding safely through all but the very worst that the winter months throw at us.
No matter what time of year it is riding a motorcycle demands caution, however the winter months cab be particular treacherous so we’ve pulled together some tips and hints together with a list of the common hazards that bikers may face during the unpleasant winter months.
Keep out the cold
This may sound very obvious, but investing in specialist gear will make a massive difference to your winter warmth when riding your bike. One-piece leathers are the way forward as they offer less opportunity for the cold to find a way in. However, if you can’t afford these ensure your layers overlap well to provide the best protection they can.
The must have piece of winter kit is a quality pair of gloves. There is a massive range of waterproof and windproof gloves that will keep your digits warm and dry as you brave the elements, and are probably the best investment you’ll ever make.
Be aware and respect the winter roads
Riding conditions in winter demand your utmost respect. You’re likely to encounter every kind of surface during these months, wet, frosty, and of course icy.
The simple advice from the team at A1 Motorcycles is to take your time. Save yourself for those glorious summer mornings that are only months away and don’t go gunning it when the roads are hazardous. Not only is there be much less grip on wet and icy roads, you have to take into consideration the effects the wind and the rain have on you as you ride along. Be extra cautious, use your lane, and give yourself time and space to adapt. Take it easy……
Riding on wet roads
Increase the breaking distance between yourself and other vehicles on the road to account for wet and greasy road conditions. By doing this you will also get minimal spray from other vehicles.
Bad weather and low winter sun can restrict your view. Be aware of the hazards around you and adjust your ride to suit the road conditions.
You need to be as visible as possible to other road users. Wear reflective clothing, especially on dark mornings and early evenings. Get yourself a good quality high vis vest to wear over your winter gear.
In winter months it is well worth investing in some anti-misting spray to use on your visor and mirrors.
Try and signal as early as possible to notify other road users of your intentions.
Always check your tyre pressures to ensure they’re suitable for winter riding.
Lights and Indicators
Check your lights on a regular basis to ensure they are clean, visible and in good working order.
If you do intend to use your bike this winter, stay alert and ride within your limits. It may be worth checking out our riding skills page to give yourself a quick refresh.