Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that you absolutely need to know about riding a motorcycle in this bone chilling season.
Do remember to concentrate: it is of the utmost importance that you concentrate while riding a motorcycle in the winter season, so you don’t end up in casualty later. So keep your head clear and eyes open.
Do a pre-ride inspection: Always always always inspect your motorcycle before getting on the road as to find out if your vehicle is lagging or has some problem that needs fixing in extreme weather conditions like snowing, hailing etc.
Do look after your brakes: Brakes maybe the spinal cord of a motorcycle because without proper breaks, your vehicle is useless. So invest in proper brakes and keep your hydraulics well-oiled for a smooth stop rather than screeching tires and broken bones in the winter season.
Do a rain check: Before gearing up to ride your bike, do a weather check so you know what you’re up against. Avoid riding in the rainy weather or while it’s snowing to avoid injuries.
Don’t forget your helmet: Your helmet maybe the only life-line you have while riding a bike in this cold weather. It keeps your head safe, plus it protects you from the cold and now, we have helmets with attached collars to protect your neck! Don’t forget to gear up properly.
Don’t forget to map: Another thing to keep in check is to have your route mapped out for you so you know where you’re going and don’t end up lost somewhere else.
Don’t daydream: This may be the root cause for accidents that happen these days. Not paying attention to the road but planning something in your head for afterwards can lead to serious damage while riding.
Don’t look elsewhere: It is vital that you keep your eyes on the road at ALL times. Make sure you look both ways before crossing a busy road to keep the inevitable at bay this winter.
It’s essential to not only look after yourself but also look after your bike during this season. After all, in the words of Valentino Rossi:
“The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the bike… you have to understand what she wants. I think of a motorcycle as a woman, and I know that sounds silly, but it’s true.”