When the cold weather begins to set in, some motorcycle owners winterize their rides and wait until the weather becomes warmer before they venture out. But for adventurous motorcycle owners, who make the necessary preparations with Winter Motorcycle Accessories, a winter motorcycle ride can be rewarding and exhilarating.
“The cold weather is no excuse to stop riding.”
But whether you are riding during the summer or winter, it cannot be overstated that your comfort and safety are of paramount importance.
Come winter time, there are two important tasks that you need to do:
Use the right winter motorcycle accessories and prep your bike.
One key mistake that new motorcycle riders make is to put on layers and layers of clothing with the end goal of keeping themselves warm.
While that is not entirely a bad thing, donning unnecessary layers of clothing can only inhibit your movement which, in turn, can compromise your safety on the road.
What you need to do is to find a good balance between warmth, comfort and mobility.
In order to achieve that, you need to layer your clothes smartly.
The first or outer layer will serve as your primary defense against the elements. For this, you will need a jacket that is both waterproof and windproof which will protect you from moisture and prevent heat loss.
Consider investing in a jacket with zippered armpit vents that provide ventilation.
The next layer should provide you with insulation.
In some cases, winter jackets with inner thermal layers will suffice. However, if you are going to ride in extreme temperature, this type of jacket will not be enough.
For this, you will need a heated vest for your torso and heated gloves for your hands.
The final or base layer is the layer of clothing that is closest to your body.
Some riders prefer wearing wool which provides adequate warmth. However, there are several new products out there made out of synthetic materials which can do the same job just as well as, if not better than, wool.
Once you have dealt with your body, it is now time to turn your attention to your other body parts: your hands, legs, and head.
For your hands, you can opt for winter gloves that are waterproof. If this is not enough, you can use glove liners or heated gloves.
For your feet, consider investing in quality winter riding socks which keep warmth in while also keeping moisture away. Some riders swear by the benefits of heated insoles.
For winter riding, a full-face helmet is essential.
However, this type of helmet will not be enough to keep your head warm. For that, you can use an open balaclava supplemented by a scarf.
And now for your ride.
For winter rides, the best investment that you can make is to buy and install windshields, if you do not already have one. Of course, that will depend on the type of bike that you own.
Quite simply, a windshield greatly reduces that amount of wind that you will need to contend with. Other welcome upgrades for winter include hand-guards and heated grips.
So prepare your bike with these Winter Motorcycle Accessories and make sure your bike is ready to go in spring with a new oil cooler to save your bike from overheating!