Riding in the Rain
Get Your Motorcycle Ready
Your motorcycle needs to be able to handle the compromised road conditions that come with the rain. If your vehicle has a small maintenance issue, it can cause big problems when it hits the wet, slippery road. Always do a pre-ride inspection to ensure your ride is up for the task.
Check your tires first. The wet roads will offer even less traction than normal, so it’s important the tires have enough tread to grip the road’s surface. They also need to be inflated to the right air pressure. Your owner’s manual will tell you the ideal levels for both.
Next, look at your fluid levels (such as engine oil and brake fluids). Top off anything that’s low. Then, test your lights to see that they are all visible. Finally, go for a quick test ride and ensure your motorcycle is able to accelerate, turn, and brake as normal. If you notice any issues, take it in for maintenance.
Get Yourself Ready
You’ll need certain gear to properly ride in the rain. Skip the leather outerwear (it doesn’t mix well with the rain). Instead, go with waterproof outer layers. If you ride in the rain often, consider getting a one piece rain suit. It offers the best protection from the moisture and will keep you dry as you ride.
You’ll also want to throw on a pair of waterproof riding gloves. Wet hands become slippery, making it hard to control your motorcycle. You’ll want to shield your hands from the cold and wet so that you can better steer your ride.
If possible, wear a full-face helmet. It’ll cover your head the most from the rain. Ideally, the helmet will have a face shield. Googles can let some water creep in, which compromises your visibility. A face shield with a waterproof coating works best.
Adjust Your Riding
You can’t ride on a wet road the same way you do a dry one. You’ll need to employ many defensive driving habits. Give plenty of space between you and other motorists. They may stop on a dime and you’ll need the extra road to come to a full stop (and avoid a collision). Be slow when you turn or make lane changes. Try not to slam on your brakes or jerk your motorcycle sharply – both of those can result in losing traction and getting into a wreck. You’ll need to be more cautious and slow than normal to stay safe.
## Low Traction Obstacles
The rain can turn harmless objects into dangerous ones. Steel plates that cover holes in construction zones get incredibly slick in the rain. Intersections are another problem area. When cars idle, they drop oil. The oil mixes with rain to become very slick. Try to avoid an obstacle such as these. If you must go through them, go through them with caution.
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