We are already in winter, and proof of this are the number of closed roads and the extreme weather conditions that make it difficult to ride on a motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle in winter is not something to be taken lightly, as there are a number of unique circumstances that affect both driving and the motorcycle at all times.
In winter we face not only low temperatures, but strong winds, rain, snow, even ice, and this can cause lack of grip, breakdowns, and multiple potential risks.
To do this, we are going to present a series of useful tips for our motorcycle that always come in handy, and although some of us know them or are common sense, sometimes we forget them.
1. Tire pressure: high
In winter temperatures drop a lot, thus making it difficult for the tires to warm up and reach their working temperature. In this way, and unlike in summer, we must take the pressures higher than normal, that is to the maximum that the manufacturer allows us to inflate, to facilitate the heating of the tire. The tire reaches more temperature the more pressure it has, and the more air, the more pressure. If we have our wheels at low pressure, the tire will take a long time to warm up, it may not even reach its operating temperature, so we recommend inflating the wheels two or three tenths more than normal.
2. Winter tires.
Winter tires are an ideal solution, but it is not always a possible solution, since these are manufactured only in sizes for trail bikes. In case of having this type of tires for the size of our rim, it is undoubtedly a very successful solution.
Winter tires are designed to work at temperatures below 7 degrees without hardening or cracking, maintaining the elastic properties of rubber.
3. The crazy trick: always carry a pack of cable ties with you.
Sometimes we leave the house with a splendid sun and an almost spring temperature, but in the middle of our route or trip, everything changes radically. How many times has this happened to us? more than one insurance. That is why carrying a small pack of zip ties can save us from more than one occasion as emergency “chains”.
It is enough to put them in succession along the tire. Maybe it does not contribute much, but in case of wearing a very sporty or fairly smooth tire, we will notice an extra help in snow or ice conditions.
4. Street brake pads.
This is quite obvious advice, and it basically means that we equip our bikes with brake pads for use on the public road, or with a compound for mordant at low temperatures. That is, remove the sports or circuit brake pads, which are probably the ones we use in summer to improve our braking, and fit brake pads that do not require so much temperature to offer their maximum bite.
5. Double bubble dome.
It may seem silly, but simply the small elevation of the double bubble domes will help redirect the air flow, something very important when the temperature is very low, since this way we avoid directly receiving the cold air jet and therefore freezing ourselves.
6. Front suspension hydraulic adjustment or fork oil.
Another aspect that we tend to forget: fork oil. This slows down when cold, it can even become denser and worsen suspension performance, causing overwork to the front tire. To do this, a little trick is to open a couple of “clicks” the hydraulic adjustment of our motorcycle in winter (a couple or whatever you consider necessary, depends on the nature of each suspension).
In this way, we counteract a little the slowed down behavior suspension due to low temperatures. In case of not having hydraulic adjustment, we can always make an oil change for a less dense one.
7. Wash the motorcycle much more frequently.
This last point, and no less important for that, we remember how important it is to wash the motorcycle in winter, even more frequently than in summer. Due to the low temperatures, most roads are usually covered with salt, salt that adheres to our motorcycle, and that we can only remove with frequent washing. Salt is very harmful for paint and untreated metal parts, since it is very corrosive, as well as cables and electrical contacts, which it attacks equally.
If you want to know more about how to drive in winter or how to equip yourself, at moto1pro we have more reports about it.
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