Top 5 Fall riding tips for motorcyclist
- Make sure your tires are not worn and inflated properly. A badly worn and under inflated tire will hydroplane much worse than a properly inflated newer tire. We all know how much it can rain here in the Northwest so the last thing you need to worry about is your equipment.
- Dress appropriately, make sure to layer your riding gear starting with a comfortable base layer and adding mid-layers as need to stay warm and dry. We recommend a GoreTex outer layer for breathability and staying dry while riding in any condition. Don’t forget to wear a full face helmet with a Rain-X treated shield to help water disperse off the shield for clearer vision.
- Leave more room between you and other cars in front of you. This will allow you to have some extra time should you need to suddenly slow down or stop. Also remember to turn slower at less lean angles while weighting the outside foot peg. This will keep the tire hooked up better in slippery conditions.
- Watch out for patches of fallen leaves. Wet leaves can be very slippery causing the front wheel to wash out from underneath you. Instead, slow down and ride over leaves at right angles in an upright position much like you would railroad tracks.
- Watch out for animals, especially deer. Fall is hunting season and deer are on the move so be on the look-out when traveling back roads. These animals can also show up inside city limits if they get hungry enough so don’t be surprised to see them when your almost home!