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For avid motorcycle riders whose bikes sit idle for months, winter can be frustrating. Even after three ride-filled seasons, the cold winter can seem to last forever. But it doesn’t have to be that way. More and more riders are discovering that winter can be another time to ride. But like the other seasons, winter riding has a unique set of risks you need to consider. Here we’ll address some winter road hazards and offer some tips on how to safely enjoy winter motorcycling.
To car and truck drivers, winter motorcycle riders are likely an unexpected sight on the road. Because other drivers are less likely to be aware of winter riders, you need to be extra aware of other drivers and make sure you’re easy to see. Here are a few things to consider:
Mastering your motorcycle’s handling, traction, acceleration, and braking comes from consistent practice and prudence behind the handlebars. All these skills are just as important during the winter.
Winter surface hazards are one of the reasons motorcyclists don’t ride in winter. However, if you know what road conditions to watch for, along with practicing safe riding, you can enjoy a nice winter ride.
Experienced motorcycle riders know that managing the traction of their tires is a key motorcycle-riding skill. Cold tires on cold road surfaces can reduce motorcycle tire traction. At the beginning of a ride and after any moderately long stop, your tires will be cooler than the ideal temperature and heat up a little slower than they would on warm pavement.
Winter offers the opportunity to experience the joy of year-round motorcycling. When you’re prepared, riding in the cold air can be invigorating. Possibly the best of all is the look surprised car drivers give you while you sit next to them at a traffic light. If you want to know more about riding during the winter, we’re happy to share more tips with you.
Till next time, ride safe!
Article originally posted on www.dairylandinsurance.com(opens in new tab)
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