My motorbike is my main mode of transport 24/7/365 regardless of the temperature or weather condition. I can’t say that I haven’t called a tow service a time or two during snowstorms, but that’s part of the adventure. Riding in the rain always heightens my senses and my rides often stop being mundane to extremely-focused experiences. Maybe it’s because it rained on my maiden trip on a motorcycle. Well, I can’t explain it but the experience is always exhilarating.
Every rider needs to know how to handle themselves when the skies open out of the blues. A dry stretch can suddenly turn into a stormy wet surface for hours without end. You don’t want to be caught off guard without any experience or the right preparation. When it rains, you obviously get wet so does the road. Resulting in more grip problems than just water on the road. This is what separated the hardcore riders from weekend warriors.
Do you want to up your game in the wet? Here are some tips that are as vital as gas.
Maintain your motorcycle
There is nothing as important as having a properly functioning bike during bad weather. Check your tire threads and air pressure as you don’t want to experience compromised traction with water on the road. If your tires are worn-out get new ones from a motorcycle parts dealer. Double-check everything even the chain to ensure your tires have the proper grip especially when going around corners.
When you are soaked to the bone and almost hypothermic on a bike is no joke. Seriously, your concentration level is zero at this state as your body is going into self-preservation mode. At least get a rain suit that is waterproof, bright-colored, and sturdy. Also, invest in rain-riding boots and gloves. You can get all these at a budget. However, if you frequently ride in the rain, getting a pricier gear with venting and reflective stripes for safety is worth the sacrifice.
Utilize smooth control inputs
Smooth is the effective technique in the rain. Bend your bike while turning and go for arcing lines instead of sharp turns. Lower your speed but increase your following distance. Avoid breaking abruptly braking in the rain as you don’t want your brakes to lock or have ABS taking over.
Take extra caution on pavements
Watch out for metal, any metal plate, manhole cover, or railroad tracks should be avoided like a plague. Also, stay away from tar or paint stripes. If you must cross them, be as upright as possible, without speeding, steering, or braking. These surfaces are as slick as ice when it rains.
Additionally, be extra cautious when crossing puddles as the smooth water surface can be covering a huge pothole.