The cooler fall temperatures may make you think that riding season is getting close to ending, but many riders continue to enjoy their motorcycles through the fall and winter months. Adding safety measures and dressing for the conditions can give you extended riding time. A good pair of motorcycle gloves and a nice leather jacket not only make riding more comfortable but keep you safe when you’re out on the road. Here are four tips for riding safely through the fall and winter months.
Know the Potential Conditions
The road conditions change through the seasons. In the spring, wet roads can be a hazard for motorcyclists. In the fall, you need to avoid piles of leaves, both dry and wet. Leaves can hide potholes and other hazards. Winter conditions include black ice. You may see more animals on the road, which can also lead to accidents. Cold weather hardens rubber tires. When you start riding, you may have less traction until your tires warm up. Park for a while to get lunch and the tires will harden again. Check your tire pressure more often in colder months, because your tires will lose pressure faster.
Be Prepared for All Conditions
Riding cold causes you to become fatigued quicker. On mild days, you may experience wind chill, even though the wind isn’t that cold. You should dress in layers during fall and winter riding because you can take off and put on different items as the temperature increases and decreases. Wear a biker face mask to protect your face against chills and bugs. Fast Mask face masks also protect your face against the sun’s UV rays. Make sure to have a good pair of gloves to protect your hands and wrists. Plan your route differently for fall and winter hours. You may not have enough light to safely ride in the evening hours. When the sun goes down, it will get colder much quicker. You’ll want to have somewhere to pull in for the night.
Fall and winter riding bring different weather conditions, but you should still be aware of dehydration. Always carry extra water when you’re out on the road. Stop periodically to drink to avoid dehydration. Hypothermia can occur very quickly in the cold, so be aware of the symptoms, such as a lack of coordination, shivering and clumsiness. Make sure to stay warm by dressing appropriately or stopping to warm up when you experience cold. Riding in the fall can give you a runny nose, due to cold, pollen and dust. Pack a non-drowsy antihistamine if you suffer from allergies.
Why You Need Motorcycle Gloves Through All Seasons
Most people only bring out the gloves when it gets cold, but motorcycle gloves offer more than cold protection:
- Gloves protect you in case of a fall. Your fingers and hands damage easily in a fall. Falls occur very easily, even in the best conditions.
- Your hands are important to riding. You might forget how delicate your hands are until you get a paper cut. There are a lot more hazards when you’re riding, so protect your hands.
- Motorcycle gloves protect your hands against numbness. The vibrations of your bike can cause your hands to lose sensation. Cold weather can also make your hands feel numb because of a lack of circulation. Gloves keep your hands warm and absorb the vibrations to prevent problems.
- Gloves can help you maintain your grip. In the summer, hands can get hot and sweaty, making it more difficult to grip the handlebars. Cold can also make holding the handlebars harder. Gloves keep you more comfortable.
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