The weather is getting colder, and let’s face it, winter is on its way. Now, some folks choose to store their motorcycle during winter to protect their pride and joy from corrosion, but some of us ride all year round, either to save time and money commuting or because we like it!
These six tips will keep you riding and help you stay safe and warm on the roads this winter!
The days are shorter in winter so you may well find yourself commuting during the hours of darkness. In the daytime it can be dull, grey and often foggy and rainy too. Needless to say being seen by other road users improves your safety! Make sure your lights and reflectors are clean and functional. Wear hi viz and reflective clothing. Email us for a code and next time you visit Zenith Motorcycles you’ll be able to claim your FREE Zenith hi viz vest by quoting that code! We want you to be seen and we want you to be safe!
5. Winter makes tyres cold
Tyres reach optimum grip when they warm up from the friction with the road surface. It makes sense that if it’s cold out, they’ll take longer to warm up, meaning less grip. Be that bit more careful when you first set off on a chilly morning and don’t forget other road surface challenges like black ice. Ensuring that your tyres are in good condition, have plenty of tread and are inflated to the correct pressure is important too. Why not come by our friendly workshop near Seven Sisters for a free tyre health check?
4. Protect your bike from corrosion
Wet weather and salt which is used to grit the road is not good for your bike. The best way to defend against this is by getting your ride treated with ACF50. It’s is an advanced anti corrosion formula which was initially developed to be used on military aircraft. This amazing substance will protect the exposed parts of your bike from corrosion for weeks and maybe even months. Zenith Motorcycles offers a full ACF50 treatment for your pride and joy at just £50 incl VAT, which is the best price you’ll find in London.
3. Heated grips or heated gloves?
If you are really sensitive to the cold, it may be worth considering fitting heated hand grips on your handlebars. They connect to your battery and you can turn them off and on as you wish. Here at Zenith Motorcycles we can supply and fit high quality Oxford heated grips or connect the appropriate charging cable for heated gloves to your battery. Come by the shop to explore options!
2. Respect the weather!
Remember, no matter how hardcore you are, there are some weather conditions you just shouldn’t ride in. If it’s snowing or hailing, or if there are gale force winds, please consider leaving the bike in the garage! You’ve got to respect the road, because the road doesn’t respect you, especially if it’s got black ice or piles of melting snowy salty sludge all over it. Better safe than sorry!
1. Wear proper gear
Seems obvious, but this is probably the most important bit. When you get cold, your reflexes slow down and we all know that even a one second lapse in concentration can be very dangerous on the road. When the temperatures drop, ensure that you’ve got a proper winter jacket and trousers (with armour in all the right places!) which are either waterproof or you’ve got a separate waterproof outer shell to go with them. Layering is key to keeping out the cold and a good thermal base layer can make a huge difference. A neck warmer helps too, as is having decent warm winter gloves. At Zenith Motorcycles we can kit you out with the latest high quality winter gear by Oxford at great prices, and offer helpful advice on what will suit your needs best. Come on by the shop and we’ll even offer you a warming cup of coffee while you browse!
Our intrepid blogger on his brother in law’s trike in Siberia.