How to Prepare for a Ride in the Rain
We are unfortunately quite experienced with rain, but for beginner motorcyclists, it can be quite daunting. If you’re new to two wheels, here’s a post how you can prepare yourself and your bike for a ride in the rain!
This is the most important bit. Let’s face it, if you don’t follow the right safety procedures in securing yourself, you might not be sat in the rider’s seat for much longer. A protective kit goes hand-in-hand with a waterproof one. Riders are often aware of the risk of accidents, but the chances of hypothermia are also quite high when you don’t have the right gear.
When riding in the rain, obviously we recommend buying some waterproof gloves. Your hands will probably be the first thing to get wet (if they’re not waterproof) and we all know how awful it is being unable to feel your fingers – on a bike, that ain’t too safe!
When the weather is a little bit more extreme than your standard cloudy day, you want to prepare for the worst. This means performing an un-scheduled service and a quick check up of your bike, as well as the following:
- Does your bike have the option to modify the electronic aids such as ABS and Traction Control? Turn them up!
- Legend has it that you shouldn’t pump your tires up too much in the rain. Although we claim to be legends, we’re really not in theory. However, we recommend you pump them up to the max, as this reduces the risk of aquaplaning!
- Of course, check the light bulbs. It can sometimes be hard to see in the rain, so if you’re not sure, additional lighting can be added to the handlebars for ease of mind!
- Oil… check it! Also, whilst you’re there, its advisable to oil up the moving bits of your bike, including the twist grips – they’re often missed. You might as well go for the whole shebang whilst you’re at it with the mirrors, swing arm and everything else, if they need it of course.