From our friends at Carole Nash: Ensuring full safety throughout the colder months on your motorbikeFriday, December 23rd, 2011
Those motorists that decide to ride on through the cold weather should be prepared for what it may bring and in turn keep on top of the maintenance of their bikes. This could include making regular checks on your vehicle, and always referring to the manual when doing so. You should also clean the motorcycle regularly as road salt can seriously affect your bikes braking ability. This is because it attaches itself to any exposed metal, such a bolts, calipers and brakes. Cleaning your bike regularly and stripping and cleaning the brake calipers are required more often in the colder months than in the winter months.
The ABS on your vehicle should also be checked regularly and be fully operational. If your motorbike is chain driven then this should always be properly lubricated and tensioned aptly, especially when there are icy conditions to deal with.
Another way to ensure your safety is to invest in some winter tires; such tires have been created in order to deal with impossible road conditions. The compounds in such tires will heat up quicker in colder climates, meaning you will enjoy a safer ride in the winter months.
Dressing appropriately is another must in the cold and rainy season; motorbike riders don’t have the shielding a car does and therefore need to take extra precautions in order to withstand the colder temperatures. Invest in clothing that is both comfortable and waterproof. You should also wear other layers that will insulate you.
You should always check that all your kit is CE approved, this includes the boots, jacket, gloves and of course the most important thing, the helmet.
When weather conditions are really bad you should most definitely invest in a high visibility vest or jacket. This will allow you to be seen by other motorists on the roadside and is especially useful when the evenings become dark early and it doesn’t get light until later in the mornings. It is also a great way to be noticed in thick fog, heavy rain and snow! It is also important to ensure your also have bike insurance as there is an increase in the risk of having an accident in the winter. Insurance companies will be able to guide you on choosing the policy that best suits your requirements.