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3Feb. 2014

Riding your motorcycle in the winter

When you think about riding your motorcycle, what do you imagine? Do you picture a warm spring day with a cool breeze flowing over you? Perhaps it’s even a little too warm and you actually stop to remove a layer or two. …Or do you picture the total opposite with a winter ride in the freezing temperatures?

For hardcore motorcycle enthusiasts, a little winter weather may not deter them from taking a toodle around town on their cycles. If you are thinking about testing out your skills as a winter rider, here are some tips for you:

• Stick with the layers. And bring extras. You can never underestimate Mother Nature when it comes to her cold flashes. You may be warm enough in just your shirt, pants and coat. But if the sun goes down or a cold front is on the way you will want to have an extra sweater or pair of gloves for the remainder of your ride. They can also come in handy if you get too warm under your layers and start to sweat. Having dry clothing to put on can help keep you warm when the temp drops even more.
• Give yourself more time and more space. Cold temps could mean tricky driving conditions. Black ice on the road can pop up unexpectedly causing you to go out of control very quickly. Make sure there is enough space between you and the vehicles around you in case you skid.
• Obey the laws. Yes, this is true at all times but more so in the winter. Your tires will be more firm in the cold temps which means the traction may not be the same as you are accustomed to in the warmer weather. Don’t try to do anything that you are not sure of out there.

Stay safe with the right motorcycle insurance policy. We can give you a quote today to have you covered for your next ride.

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