For most of us, our bike is something that we do not put up when winter strikes. Winter motorcycling can be just as much fun as it is in the summer as long as you take certain precautions. Here are our top motorcycle tips for the winter. Enjoy them Seattle.
Electricity Is Your Friend
Do not underestimate the benefit of battery warmed clothing and accessories. The temperature could be in the teens but you could be warm and toasty like a Thanksgiving turkey. Every dollar spen on heated gear is worth it.
Take It Easy
With winter comes the threat of black ice and other hazardous conditions. Be sure to take your bike on a cruise, not a race in the winter. Also be easy on the corners even when you know there is no ice. Cold tires have less traction than warm ones and you might find that you bike handles completely different in the cold.
Know When To Park It
If the snow starts coming down hard or even worse, freezing rain, it is probably time to park it. Hopefully you will have a safe place that you can leave your bike. If not, you should have the number ready for a wrecker or tow service that can come retrieve your bike and get it home.
Watch The Road Carefully
As a rider, you already know that you need to keep an eye on the road but this is even more so in the winter. Keep an eye out for winter specific hazards such as snow drifts, salt on the road, new potholes or cracks and of course ice.
Dress Your Bike Accordingly
A few bike accessories like a larger windscreen and handlebar guards can make your life easier. Some extra storage is good too. Saddlebags with emergency road gear and extra warm clothing can be a lifesaver.
Make Frequent Stops
The windchill can play havoc with you and you might not realize just how cold you are getting until it is too late. A numb body is an unresponsive one so stop twice as often for breaks to limber up and get warm.