Riding a motorcycle, on a beautiful weather day brings a form of joy, peace, and freedom that is not easily explained, but weather changes (and often times very quickly), and a rider may have to make a quick decision, to ensure that their own safety (as well as the other drivers on the road). Each season brings its own set of challenges for riders of motorcycles. Let’s take a closer look at how you should act, and also what you should wear during various weather conditions.
Summer Motorbike Safety
You may think nothing of hopping on the bike on a bright summer day, and the advantage is that due to the warmer weather, rubber tires expand and get slightly softer, which may improve traction (especially when riding on asphalt). But on long road trips, dehydration and sunburns are very real consequences that should be addressed.
While riding on a hot day, the more skin that is exposed to the elements (dry, hot rushing air), the more valuable moisture that you will lose. Wearing breathable clothing is higher recommended for your safety. A wet layer of lightweight material, under a breathable layer of clothing, may be something worth trying. The wet layer of clothing will be cooled (and dried), as the wind flows through the outer layer of breathable material.
Biking in the Fall
The changing leaf colors on the trees are a tell-tail sign that the weather is cooling off. The problem arises when these beautiful leaves start to fall onto the road and get wet, as this will cause hazardous driving conditions. In addition, because autumn often brings rainy days, it is advised to have waterproof gear available in a backpack or storage compartment of the bike. Also, keeping a pair of goggles handy is also advised, as visibility is often compromised during this season.
Even though ice, snow and freezing temperatures are not the ideal riding conditions, not everyone will store their bikes for this season, as we often see a few bikes on the road. If you decide to ride, during this season, it is important to check the tires of the bike regularly. Also, if the tires are more than 6 (six) years old, consider getting a new set. Riding in the winter requires that your body be kept protected and warm.
Wearing thermal underwear and glove liners are highly recommended. You may also consider outfitting the bike with seat, foot, and grip warmers, because when you are traveling 60 miles an hour in 35 degree weather, the wind chill will feel like zero, and hypothermia is a major concern.
After the cold days of winter, spring is a welcome relief for riders. But as the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”, which means that riders will often be faced with soggy rides. Ultimately, it is advised to get off the road and find cover, until the storm passes. But, if stopping and finding shelter is not an option, slow your riding speed, and increase the stopping distance on the road, while riding through a rain storm. Also, choose breathable and waterproof clothing for many springtime rides.