Not long after the ice and snow of a Rhode Island winter hit, you start thinking about warm days when you can get your motorcycle out again. As you look at a cold winter landscape, you may rule out cruising on your bike for months.
The idea of riding your motorcycle in the winter may sound like an extreme sport. However, you may find a few days during the winter when you can get out for a ride.
Here are a few tips for safe winter riding.
Snow is not your friend
A four-wheeled vehicle has a distinct advantage when it comes to maneuvering in the snow. With four points of contact, it has stability, even if the conditions are slippery.
If you are going to ride your motorcycle in the winter, you should stick to roads that are clear of snow and ice. Since part of turning on a motorcycle depends on balance and traction, trying to turn when there are slippery conditions could prove hazardous.
Be wary of wind
When it is time to ride in winter weather, there is more than road conditions to consider. While you may be ready to dress warmer, you also need to think about when it is too cold to ride.
There can be a significant difference between the temperature you experience when you walk outside and the temperature on your motorcycle with the wind in your face. Your bike’s speed can create a temperature change of 15 degrees or more. You will need to be aware of exposed skin and the warning signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
There are ways to be safe while riding your motorcycle in the winter. Still, it is essential to take appropriate precautions and ensure you are ready to ride.