Colorado can have some rough winter days and nights. Some areas of Colorado get over 200 inches of snowfall a year. Snow especially becomes a problem when it melts and makes the roads icy, which then increases the probability of a motorcycle accident.
Because of the weather, bikes are used less frequently in the winter than they are used in other times of the year. Therefore, it is a good plan to inspect your bike anytime there is a significant break between uses. It is preferred that you store your bike in a warm area, especially indoors, so you do not have to worry about rust or moisture.
Tips for Being a Safer Motorcyclist
The following list is helpful to follow during this season. These common sense tips are sometimes ignored:
- Layers and gear are extremely important. Make sure they are comfortable and protect you from the cold. You want to make sure you can focus on the road and not on the cold temperature. In addition, the icy roads can make accidents more common; therefore, make sure you are especially protected by appropriate and durable gear.
- Inspect fluids, filters and other parts of your motorcycle; especially, if you take a long break between using your motorcycle.
- Avoid parts of roads that have been salted. Salt can cause you to lose traction. Likewise, avoid any area that may be covered with ice, snow and especially, black ice.
- Keep tires warm, make sure they have enough tread. Cold tires mean less traction. Make sure they are inflated properly. While this is always the case for any season, the difficulties of winter riding make it more necessary.
- Increase your distance between cars as visibility and reaction time can be more limited in the winter season.
- Try to get as much temperature controlled gear as possible. The technology for gear improves significantly every year. Some amazing products can easily be found on the internet.
- Avoid riding when it is snowing or sleeting.
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