5 TIPS FOR RIDING YOUR MOTORCYCLE IN THE RAIN
A couple of riders believe that when it starts raining, they should close the garage door, keep their motorcycle away until the next spring when sun shines again. Unluckily, those people would miss out one of the best riding experiences because travelling in the rain with your bike could actually be fun as long as you know how to adapt and expect accordingly.
In general, there are many factors that could made your riding journey in the rain more memorable. Here are several useful tip for you:
1. Ride smarter and smoother
When riding in conditions that is not so ideal, you need to change the way of handling your motorcycle. For example, you should apply less lean angle; throttle adjustment needs to be made in minor increments and smoothly; use the brakes gradually and have the braking done early so that you will be not forced to stab a brake lever in some situations.
2. Be careful with intersections
In general, intersections are the place in which there is a higher amount of oil simply because cars stop there frequently. When it is raining, this will be even worse. You might not be able to notice it while riding, so it is necessary to reduce your speed when coming to an intersection. Do not run a yellow light since if you need to brake or turn quickly chances, it is possible that you would encounter a problem with traction.
In addition, when you stop at the red light, remember to check your rear-view mirror if any vehicles would slide to you from behind. In the similar way, double the following distance so that you will be not surprised by any vehicles stopping in front of your motorcycle suddenly.
3. Choose the suitable gear
A good waterproof rainwear (one or two pieces), boots, gloves and probably an electric vest could prevent even the heaviest rain from soaking your body. In general, waterproof gear like this will provide extra warmth, but if you even want more, consider wearing layers since they could be removed easily as needed.
Another overlooked gear is the helmet, which need to be designed with breath guard, anti-fog or electric-defrost visor. It is probably the most important wear to keep your safety when riding, thus make sure to choose the best motorcycle helmets.
4. Watch out for sealer pavement and manhole covers
2 factors we have noticed that would reduce traction drastically during wet weather conditions are sealer pavement and manhole covers, which are similar to the black ice when it is raining. When riding in a straight line, they would pose less threats, but you still need to scan ahead well and look out for both when you turn the motorcycle to enter the intersection.
If you face both of those traction inhibitors, remember to check whether there is a lane that you would take around them easily. If not, resist accelerating or braking hard and then roll them over without creating any aggressive inputs. In case you need to turn over a slippery section or change your lane, it is necessary to relax your hands on the clip-on and do not lean the motorcycle any more than needed.
5. Look for a dry area
Even though this might seem apparent, it is surprising how many motorcyclists we notice riding in a lane that is really wet even when the next area is dry. In general, dry road provides superior maneuverability and traction, so ensure that you place yourself continually in the driest area of the lane.