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Learn how to protect yourself, how to maintain your vehicle, and how to ride under harsh conditions so that you can remain safe on your motorcycle during the winter months.

How to Ride a Motorcycle in Winter

You probably love riding your motorcycle during the spring, summer, and fall seasons; which means that you're likely very disappointed when you have to put it in storage once the winter months and their harsh conditions come around. Still, if you want to ride your motorcycle during this time of the year, it is possible. Before you do, however, read and follow the tips below so you can do it safely.

Wear Protective Gear to Stay Warm

As you may be aware, when you're riding on your motorcycle, you need to wear certain protective gear to remain safe. For instance, it's imperative that you keep your helmet on, so you don't injure your head if you're in an accident. You should also wear long sleeves and pants, to avoid scratching your body if you fall. Boots/tennis shoes are also recommended, so you don't get into a wreck due to inappropriate footwear. When it's winter, however, you should remember to layer clothing and wear a thick, insulating jacket on top as well. This is to ensure that you are warm even when the weather isn't at its best. If you neglect this, you may end up getting hypothermia, so don't risk it.

Prepare Your Motorcycle Effectively for Winter

A very, very important thing to keep in mind if you'll be riding your motorcycle during this time of the year, is its maintenance. It should go without saying that with strong winds, hail, rain, and the snow, the roads won't be in pristine condition. On the contrary, they will be icy and wet, meaning that your motorcycle may slip if it's not in perfect shape. That's why it's in your best interest to take it to a professional mechanic who can check the tires, brakes, engine, etc., and provide any repairs those key components may need. They may also be able to adapt your motorcycle for the weather (for instance, by installing a wind guard).

Trust that AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil can protect your motorcycle's engine. Call Superior Synthetics LLC at (715) 823-6525 to buy the most effective synthetic oil in Waupaca County. 

Always Check the Weather

How good or bad the weather is can make a huge impact on how much you enjoy your motorcycle rides and how safe you remain while you're on them. For that reason, now more than ever, it's incredibly wise to check the weather forecast before you head out on a motorcycle adventure. This is because, if it rains or snows while you ride, you risk losing control of your motorcycle, or injuring yourself due to the slippery roads and getting into an accident. If you want to prevent that, only ride your motorcycle when the weather allows it. If you're already out when the rain or snow starts to fall, however, head for your home right away, or wait out the storm somewhere safe.

Take on Defensive Riding

Defensive driving is all about taking certain precautions and employing a few driving techniques to make sure you don't have an accident while you're on the road. Since the conditions make riding your motorcycle more difficult during this time of the year, it is important that you start riding defensively so you can remain safe. A few things you can do is ride at a slower pace than you normally would, allow more space between you and the objects around you, and keep your lights on at all times so you can see and be seen better. All of these simple steps will help you avoid collisions when the roads are slippery and the weather isn't helping.

Keep your engine protected and working perfectly with AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil. Turn to Superior Synthetics LLC at (715) 823-6525 to buy the best synthetic oil in Waupaca County. 

Focus on the Road Ahead of You

Finally, a point that can't be stressed enough is that you should pay attention to the road. Keeping your focus when you're riding your motorcycle will help you detect black ice, puddles, or other elements on the road that could put your life at risk if you step on them. Stay safe by always focusing on the road ahead. As you may imagine, this means that you shouldn't ride your motorcycle if you have been drinking, using drugs, or are tired, since all of these states of mind won't allow you to react appropriately if there's a difficult situation.

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