Weather conditions remain changeable at this time of year; cold nights can catch you unaware and lower temperatures bring morning frost and ice – something that we dread as bikers!
We think it’s useful to be reminded that shaded areas and bridges will take longer to thaw and could still be wet and icy long after the sun starts shining so never get complacent.
Dressing appropriately is a must as it can get particularly tiring when we ride for long periods in cold weather, so keep warm! Avoid kit that’s too bulky - it can make you even more exhausted and the added weight may affect how you ride. Investing some cash in a bit of heated gear can make a huge difference on a long journey, even if it’s just a pair of heated gloves.
Whatever the season, regular breaks and staying hydrated will help to keep you alert. It might seem obvious but make sure you’ve always got enough fuel, or charge if you’ve got a new electric bike, and if you’re out on your own then tell others where you are heading; remember that your phone signal can be intermittent, particularly in rural parts.
Talking of electric motorcycles, remember that the range may drastically reduce in low temperatures so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on it.