Do you have a motorcycle? Do you ride it often and are wanting to experience riding in the rain? Are you hesitant to ride because of the difference in the environment? If you find yourself asking any of these questions, this post can help you.
It is possible to ride a motorcycle in the rain by following certain precautions to make sure safety is kept at top priority. These precautions include making sure the tires perform well on wet roads, do not ride immediately after it rains, being wary of in-road hazards, braking and accelerating slowly, and wearing rain gear.
To learn more about each of these precautions, keep reading.
Evaluate Tire Performance On Wet Roads
Before heading out on the roads to experience riding in the rain, you first need to evaluate whether or not your tires are well enough suited for taking on those slick roads. The type of tires that would be ideal for riding in the rain, have a heavy, defined track on them. This will help them grip and adhere to the road better, hopefully assisting you in avoiding slipping and sliding around on the wet roads. In addition to that, you will also be able to better control the bike and have a more stable ride.
Going a step further, it is also important to check the status of your tires. This means that if you already have heavy tracked tires, it is important to make sure they are not too worn down so that they won’t provide any more grip and security than basic tires would. If this is the case, it may be time to invest in a new pair of tires that have a fresh grip and will attach to the road better.
Do Not Ride Immediately After It Rains
If you do choose to ride in the rain, it is important to time it right so you aren’t riding during the riskiest parts of the storm. Try to avoid riding during the beginning of the storm, the roads are full of brake fluid oil, and dirt. When these elements become wet, it makes a slick and slippery situation all over the road which could send you and your motorcycle flying into a poor situation.
The best strategy is to wait a fair amount into the storm to begin riding. This can allow all of those elements to wash off the road and avoid slipping and sliding everywhere. Even if it is raining pretty hard, it would be a smart idea to wait until the rain lightens up a little bit. When you do start driving, drive slow and continue to be cautious of any areas of standing water to avoid hydroplaning.
If you find yourself caught in a rainstorm while driving, it is advised that you stop and pull over to the side of the road and wait for it to die out. The condition of the road when going from dry to wet can cause unpredictable and unforeseeable hazards if you are not careful.
Be Wary Of In-Road Hazards
Not only will the look of the road change when it rains, but the feel of the road will also change. It should also be mentioned that driving a car is a much easier experience than driving a motorcycle. When driving you encounter various road elements such as railroad crossings, manholes, and concrete sidewalks, they can also become slick just like the road. While you should avoid driving on these surfaces regardless, especially when they become wet from the rain.
Puddles are also a hazard you should be extremely avoidant of. Puddles can be deceiving in the sense of how deep they are as well as what is underneath the water. While the water may look shallow, it could actually be covering a deep pothole that could do significant damage to your motorcycle. The road types you should try to avoid are roads that are obstructed by construction, pooling, gravel, or tree branches.
While these should be avoided even on dry roads, they can cause an even greater hazard when wet.
Brake And Accelerate Slowly
While this caution applies to every vehicle while on the road, whether they are driving in the rain or not, it is nevertheless still just as important. Especially when it is raining, speed matters and can make the difference between a wreck or a relief. When driving, make sure that you are going at a speed that it would not be terribly difficult or abrupt to stop at. You want to brake smoothly and without skidding to a stop.
In addition to coming to a stop slowly, you should also accelerate and move forward in a similar fashion. If you hit the accelerator and try to go as fast as you can from the get-go, that can cause your wheels to spin out of control, moving your tires in different directions which can cause a loss of balance. It is also important to be aware of where your tires are when you are stopped. If you have a tire in a pothole and you then try and accelerate quickly, it could cause tearing of the tire.
Wear Rain Gear
It is likely that your typical motorcycle gear is not sufficiently equipped for rainy conditions. It is important for you to have the gear to wear that is both comfortable and rain-resistant to keep you warm and safe during your ride. It is also a huge safety precaution to have your gear be reflective in a way that others who are on the road can see you. The most ideal clothing items that are suggested for riding in the rain are waterproof gloves, pants, boots, and jackets.
Not only will this added gear keep you warm and safe, but will ultimately keep you more comfortable while you ride. While this gear can be more expensive and an investment for some, it is well worth the money to have a more pleasant, safe ride in the rain.