If you live in a northern climate with harsh winters, can you still continue riding when the snow flies?
The answer is yes, if you remember that winter riding is not the time to show off your toughness by dressing and driving like it's a sunny day in July. Precautions must always be taken for winter riding. Here are some of the basics:
For your motorcycle:
- Have a windshield. You won't enjoy riding very long in 20-degree temperatures with severe wind chill factors if you're unprotected.
- Make sure your motorcycle battery can stand the strain of chilly blasts and always keep it charged.
- Use the proper oil for winter conditions. 10W-40 oil is usually used for winter riding.
- If you have a liquid-cooled bike, make sure that the reading on the anti-freeze is sufficient for the temperatures you'll be expecting.
- Make sure your bike has been thoroughly inspected for any mechanical problems-you don't want to break down on a desolate and cold highway.
- Pay attention to the weather forecast and road conditions for the route you'll be taking.
- Cover up your body and eliminate all the places where the cold air can easily enter. Some winter riders wear heavy clothing and use duct tape to seal up openings. However, modern garments made specifically for motorcyclists, designed to seal out cold and retain body heat, are preferable.
- You may want to look into electric vests and gloves. They connect to a thermostat that can be kept in your pocket with a dedicated lead to the battery.
Your winter riding can be a great adventure. Just make sure that while you're having fun, you and your motorcycle are also safe, sound and warm.
Source: Courtesy of Why Bike