Winter in Ontario gets cold, but some motorcyclists aren’t quite ready to trade in their two tires! If you plan on riding your motorcycle during the winter months, here are some helpful tips for winter riding.
1| Get your motorcycle winter ready
You’ll need to get a huge windscreen and handguards to protect you from the elements. Also, if you install heated grips, you’ll be grateful for them - especially on those really cold winter mornings. Don’t forget to use fresh antifreeze!
2| Slow down in the snow
Riding in the snow can be tricky, so you should slow down. Don’t rush anything and be as smooth as you can with your steering to avoid skidding and sliding.
3| Dress in layers to stay warm
When it comes to riding in frigid temperatures it’s essential that you layer your clothing. Start with a base layer that protects your full leg and arms and get sweat resistant winter socks. Then add a heated vest, a winter jacket, waterproof overpants, protective winter gloves, chest guard, winter hat, neck and head protective cover, and a winterized helmet, to name a few.
4| Pay attention to your tires
Cold tires equate to limited traction. To help heat up your tires, accelerate and then decelerate quickly for a bit; by applying your brakes and hitting the throttle, your tires will warm quickly. Also be sure to have adequate tread on your tires. If the tires are getting just a little worn, replace them immediately. Traction is crucial, especially since roads are full of debris in the winter such as salt and sand.
5| Watch for compacted snow
When it comes to snow, compacted snow is the most dangerous as it can be incredibly slippery. Stay alert and drive carefully!