Winter Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips

Many motorcyclists consider motorcycle riding to be a year-round activity. They begin preparing for winter bike storage as soon as a snowy forecast appears, and they begin to question the sanity of raiders who consider winter riding as an exciting activity. There’s a reason to be worried. Winter motorcycle riding brings with it all of the dangers of the other three seasons, plus a few extra. It demands greater planning and preparation, as well as a thorough understanding of current road and weather conditions.

The Risks Of Winter Riding

Your training, knowledge, skills, gear, and risk management all play a role in becoming a safe motorcycle rider. While many people think of motorcycle riding as a low-impact sport, it does necessitate a respectable amount of fitness, strength, and health. Winter motorcycle riding also necessitates a detailed risk vs. benefit analysis before electing to ride rather than winterize the machine. Let’s take a look at some of the riding dangers you’ll have to deal with:

  • Speed
  • Visibility
  • Distance
  • Road conditions

Use Winter Gear When Riding

Perhaps you intend to ride your current bike throughout the cold months. Optimizing your motorcycle can help you ride safer this season. Take a look at the following winter updates:

  • Winter tires
  • Windshield
  • Thermometer

When it comes to selecting and wearing cold-weather motorcycle clothing, you should have two major priorities in mind. To avoid hypothermia, the first step is to keep your core temperature stable. The second is to avoid exposing the extremities to cold air. Some pieces of gear to help you stay warm during winter are:

  • motorcycle gloves
  • shielded helmets
  • Layered clothes

Avoid Riding In The Snow

The question of “Can you ride a motorcycle in the snow?” arises when it comes to winter motorcycle riding. There are a few exceptions, but the short answer is no. Acceleration, turning, and braking all require traction, which is provided by a motorcycle’s two small contact surfaces. Even minor accumulations of snow will quickly deplete your traction.

Furthermore, falling snow can quickly obscure your face shield and, if you have one, your windshield, reducing your visibility. Stay at home if there is even a remote chance of snowfall in the area where you want to ride. Give time for the roads to be clear after snowfall.

Important Riding Techniques

Warm up your tires before going on a trip to improve their traction  even if it’s only a few laps around the neighborhood. Increase the following distance you offer other vehicles in the winter because both they and you will have longer stopping distances. Recognize that drivers will be more distracted and less able to notice you in the cold than in the summer.

Conditions like snow and sleet, on the other hand, will significantly reduce your eyesight, so be especially careful of your blind spots. If you find yourself in a storm, don’t panic. In bad weather, the smartest strategy is to recognize when you’re out of your depth and ride quietly, gently, and cautiously to the nearest shelter where you may take shelter and wait for the storm to calm down.