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01/09/2017
Do you enjoy riding your motorcycle during the winter time? If you do, read through these tips so you can remain safe when the weather outside isn't ideal. 

How to Ride a Motorcycle in Winter

As a motorcycle owner, you probably love cruising down the road on your vehicle, feeling free, excited, and at peace. You may love those sensations so much, however, that you find it extremely difficult to part from your motorcycle during the colder months. If that's the case for you, know that you can continue riding during the winter season! You just need to follow the tips below to remain safe.

Stay Protected from the Cold

When the weather outside is not at its best, you don't want to be caught off guard with gear that won't help you stay warm and safe from catching hypothermia or another ailment due to the bad weather. After all, when you ride, the wind hits you and you are at the rain/snow's mercy. To protect you in those less-than ideal conditions, aside from wearing your helmet (which you should keep on at all times when riding on your motorcycle), you need to wear gloves, boots, and a jacket that can insulate heat. It's also a good idea to wear a few layers of clothing, so you can remain as warm as possible when the temperatures are low.

Prepare Your Motorcycle for Winter

Of course, if you want to stay safe while riding your motorcycle during the winter season, you need to ensure that it is ready to go through the harsh conditions. As you know, rain, hail, and snow can make riding your motorcycle more difficult, especially since they make the roads wet and dangerous. Lest you want to risk slipping off, it's imperative that you go to a professional mechanic to inspect and maintain your vehicle. They can verify that your motorcycle's brakes, tires, and engine, will endure through your winter riding sessions without much hassle. Moreover, they can suggest certain solutions to help you stay safe during these colder months, such as a windguard that can protect you from the elements.

Keep your engine working perfectly this winter with AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil. Contact Vaughan Distributing at (307) 413-1011 to learn more of the benefits of using this synthetic oil in Idaho Falls.

Keep an Eye Out for the Weather

Needless to say, the weather conditions outside can seriously affect your motorcycle riding experience, which is why it's suggested that you keep an eye on them no matter what season of the year it is. However, it's even more important that you check the weather before riding during the colder months. Again, the snow, rain, and hail can make you skid off the road if you're not careful, so avoid riding on days when the forecasts predict that there will be bad weather. Not only that, but if you're already out and about, and you notice that it starts raining or snowing, you should pack up your things and head for home right away. Riding through those dangerous conditions is just not worth risking your well-being.

Employ Defensive Driving Techniques

Defensive driving is a way of cruising down the road in which the driver employs a set of techniques that will allow them to avoid getting into an accident as much as possible. Since the conditions around you are especially harsh, it's a good idea to employ some of them so you can remain safe as you ride. For example, avoid speeding at all costs and even drive slower, since your tires don't have the usual traction. Likewise, allow more space between you and the objects around you, so you don't crash into them if your brakes don't respond as normal. Finally, always keep your headlights on, so you can see and are seen by the people around you.

Remember that AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil can help maintain your engine. Contact Vaughan Distributing at (307) 413-1011 to find out more information about synthetic oil in Idaho Falls.

Stay Completely Focused on the Road

As a final tip, it's highly suggested that you keep your eyes and focus on the road before you (even more so than usual). As mentioned time and time again, the roads can be slippery if it's been raining, snowing, or hailing, so it's crucial that you pay attention to them to avoid hitting black ice, a puddle, or another thing that could cause you to skid off. Of course, this includes only riding your motorcycle when you're of sound mind (you're not sleepy, drunk, or high), and when you're not being distracted by your phone or something else.
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