Riding a motorcycle is a summer activity for many. When the temperature plummets, however, motorcycles often end up in the garage, waiting for spring. There are some riders, however, who continue riding in the cold weather.
Riding a motorcycle in the winter months is more dangerous for several reasons. Obviously if it is snowing, your range of visibility will be decreased. Hidden ice can present a hazard for tires that may already be cold and therefore have less traction than normal. To prevent accidents, motorcycle riders need to be particularly vigilant in the winter months, taking steps to ensure safety in more dangerous conditions.
Even a seemingly simple thing like having cold hands can make it harder to control a motorcycle, and therefore put a rider at risk for having an accident. Cold hands are less flexible and responsive, and may be distracting to the rider. Wearing adequate gloves in cold weather and using heated motorcycle grips can help you maintain comfort and control when you're riding in the winter months.
To keep your tires warm and better able to grip the road, you can speed up and slow down several times in a row, if the weather conditions are otherwise safe to do so.
Using a lighter oil in the winter can also help keep you safe by increasing your bike's performance. And using anti-fog products for your visor can ensure that your visibility remains as clear as possible. To ride safely, you need to be able to see.
Riding a motorcycle in the winter isn't for everybody, and comes with extra hazards that require extra safety precautions to keep you out of the hospital.