As the weather gets colder, the prospect of riding your motorcycle seems far less appealing. Exposing your body to the bitter winter elements is a tough sell, even without the added joy of not having shelter to protect you while you ride. Nonetheless, many motorcycle enthusiasts love to take their bikes for a spin in the cold, which means that you have to have the right gear. If you’re new to winter riding, here is what you need to know:
Check Your Specs
Before you do anything, you have to make sure that your bike can handle frigid temperatures. If you don’t winterize your motorcycle, then you could damage components and wind up with an expensive problem. Be sure you have high-quality tires (like Dunlop Tires) to get traction in the snow and check your BikeMaster Brakes to ensure that they don’t freeze. If necessary, replace any parts that look susceptible to the cold.
Wear the Right Clothes
You should already have a bike outfit that you wear in case of an accident. While that can still be acceptable in winter weather, you want to insulate yourself from the frigid wind by wearing a full-body under-suit, as well as a balaclava or something similar for your face. An Arai helmet can protect you from the air, but it won’t keep you warm.
Make Your Seat Warm
If possible, invest in a heated seat so you can enjoy the ride without worrying about your lower body going numb. If you have never tried one, you are missing out.
Realistically, you should have gloves already, but be sure that you have a pair that is designed for the cold so that your fingers don’t freeze to the handlebars while you ride. If necessary, pack hand warmers into the gloves so you can stay toasty.
Overall, as long as you check your bike out beforehand, and put chains on your Dunlop Tires (if necessary), then you should be ready to go. As far as apparel, err on the side of caution and wear more layers than you think are required.