When asked how to ride a winter motorcycle, many people respond immediately. Park your bike in the garage and wait for spring!
It’s good to be a fair weather cyclist … but just because you don’t want to develop the skills and equipment to pursue winter motorcycle riding, don’t let the air get out of other people’s tires! Park your bike and wait for spring.
The rest of us come up and split the wind!
The simple truth is; Winter motorcycling can be done safely and healthily … All that is needed is a little thought, a few pieces of proper equipment, common sense and a conscious and deliberate focus on proper motorcycle riding.
First important tasks; Make sure your bike is in excellent mechanical condition … it is so bad that you ride a scooter in the summer with worn tires … do it in the winter and you will probably find yourself riding on asphalt.
The second; Wear for the weather Wear layered clothing. You have heard it before and this is the only way. Lightweight and insulated multiple layers are much warmer and more adjustable to the conditions than a heavy layer.
I ride, from the skin up, and depending on the situation, cotton underwear, “Lang Jan” insulation, casual streetwear, woolen jacket, ski type, long robe, insulation vest, winter jacket, insulation gloves, fleece gloves . Hood, full face helmet, wool socks and boots insulated with Gortex cover.
This gear of my winter motorcycle keeps me warm up to 20 degrees and less … The coldest winter I have ridden this year has been 10 degrees without any significant problems. I’m talking about twenty miles and more.
On a longer ride, you will have to make more stops than in the summer to warm up a bit, but you still need to be able to travel comfortable and considerable miles and enjoy the brilliant time of winter motorcycling.
One of the most important requirements of your clothes is the outer shell. It should be tightly woven and windproof. I’m wearing heavy Canvas Carhartt cotton clothes and simply, at speeds above 50 mph, the wind pressure starts to leak and you get cold. I have found that nylon-coated, insulated coats and overalls are much superior when the wind is blowing.
If you use an alternator to power appliances and do not get in the way of wires and thermostats … or a price tag … you can cut the layers … and invest in warm clothing. But the fact is that many bikes have the power of an alternator to start them, and you end up taking the water out of your battery …
I noticed, here in Colorado, I ran well with a grin on my face.
Once your bike is ready and ready … and once you get dressed … how do you run the road?
One word … cautiously and deliberately … okay … I can not add the real deal … but you got it.
First of all, people who drive those four-wheeled vehicles are amazed to see a motorcycle rolling on the road when the thermometer goes down a figure! So you have to be more vigilant … they will do even more stupid things than usual.
Second, you need to pay special attention to the sidewalk. Cold tires do not just stretch it in the summer. You need to keep your speed low and drive carefully. Save a hot dog for California summers!
You do not have to wait for the roads to be 100% completely smooth … but if there is a lot of ice or snow on it, it is recommended that you wait a little longer. The makers have not yet completed the snow tires or motorcycle chains … unless you count those wild men in the north racing their bikes on frozen lakes …
… But running on the highway with those deadly nails in your tires is a good idea for me!
All you have to do is pay attention to the road consciously. Sand is to be thrown to the center of the line or to either side. The place to ride is to get down the “tire track” as far as you can to stay away from slippery sand and other road debris.
Keep your speed down on the sweepers to make sure you stay on track and do not get stuck in the sand that accumulates along your lane.
If you are rolling and there is a piece of ice or snow across the road in the shade of a tree or a building … do not be afraid! Stay away from the brakes! Keep the throttle valve steady. Do not rush, do not go to the beaches and do not rush. Just keep your hand steady. Be careful of your weight. Do not lean to one side or the other.
If you are in a corner, you should almost stand it straight, cross the bad spot, and return to the turn after returning to the dry sidewalk.
My motto is “soft hands”. Only stay small, usually small, when crossing that flat spot. You will come out on the dry side, a wiser cyclist.
Pay attention to your mental and physical condition while riding. If you start to get too cold, it’s time to drink a cup of coffee and warm up. It’s very cold and your reaction time as well as your initial judgment starts to freeze, and this is not a way to enjoy winter motorcycling.
If you are sure your bike is ready; Make sure your motorcycle equipment is snuffed. And make sure your head is in the right place for winter motorcycling. You too can enjoy the laughter you do inside your hat, as you see the startled glances of people coming from the other side of their cars as they ride the crazy idiot on a motorcycle in the winter. !