Fall is arguably the best time for motorcycle riding. With the cool, crisp air and the gorgeous autumn colors, it’s hard to deny that this is a beautiful time to explore the great outdoors.
However, riding your motorcycle during this time of the year also comes with its own set of challenges. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to avoid any unpleasant surprises that will spoil an otherwise great riding experience.
Use the right tires.
Fall is the perfect time to change out your sporty summer tires for cold weather riding tires. Sporty tires are made with softer rubber and are great for warm weather, but they tend to lose their traction in cold weather and rain. Touring tires work well in the cooler months.
Check your lights.
The days are getting shorter and you’ll probably end up riding in the dark at some point. Check that your headlights, brake lights and turn lights are in good working order.
Watch what you wear.
Fall is notorious for greatly fluctuating temperatures so dress appropriately to counter any abrupt changes. Wear a leather jacket to keep you warm since the wind and dropping temperatures can easily tire you out and impair your senses. You may also want to bring a pair or two of riding gloves so you’ll have the perfect pair whatever the weather.
Don’t forget your rain gear.
When you and your bike are caught in the rain, everything gets slippery. As a result, your safety can become compromised. Having gear that’s designed to not only keep you dry and comfortable in the rain but perform better in it, can help you stay warm and in control. Different pieces of rain gear such as gloves, boots, and waterproof clothing, can help you prevent slipping. Proper reflective gear can help you remain visible to other motorists.
Look out for those leaves.
While it may look unassuming, a pile of dry leaves can cover potholes and other inconsistencies on the road that may increase your risk of crashes. Sharp objects hidden beneath the debris can also give you a flat tire or put you in danger. Moreover, wet leaves can make the road slicker than it usually is and reduce your bike traction. Be cautious and drive slowly until you’re past any obstacles.
Be extra cautious.
While you need to be cautious and alert every time you take your motorcycle out for a spin, you need to be especially careful during this time of the year. Morning frost can leave a thin layer of ice on roads making them more slippery and gusty winds can easily set you off balance.
Fall motorcycle riding can be a sight to behold, but take these extra precautions to make sure you reach your destination without a hitch!