Winter Bike Riding -- The Safe WayWritten by Kay Zetkin
Are you one of those motorcycle riders that live in northern climates where winters can be harsh and still choose to continue riding when bitter winter sets in? Well, everybody would say you’re dreadful to even consider riding out in snow. Contemporaries who are more protective of their bikes might even say that you’re a brutal slave-driver of your beloved bike.
Winter is really a terrible season for motorcycle enthusiasts. Determined as you are to go on riding, surviving harsh winters should be kept in mind to prevent any inevitable danger that would cause trauma for you and your beloved motorcycle. Remember that winter riding is not time to boast of a great stamina and show off your toughness just by wearing extra clothing and driving roughshod over your bike like it’s any hot summer day. Precautions must always be taken if you plan to go out riding during winter. So how do you go about preparing your motorcycle and yourself?
For your motorcycle: •You need to get a windshield. Don’t ever think that twenty degree temperatures with severe wind chill factors are enjoyable enough for you to neglect having a windshield. •Make sure your motorcycle batter could stand strain of chilly blasts. Keep it charged and you can try to use Battery Tender for this. •Using proper oil for your motorcycle is also top priority. The 10w – 40w oil is sufficient enough. •For those with liquid-cooled bikes, make sure that reading on anti-freeze is sufficient for temperatures you’ll be expecting. •Make sure your bike has been thoroughly inspected for any mechanical problems before starting your ride.
Winter Season Come: Basic Steps to Winterize Your BikeWritten by Kay Zetkin
We know that motorcycle enthusiasts out there are knowledgeable enough in how to care for their bikes. Having a motorcycle and considering it as a prized possession is indeed tedious work. And here, we would like to share bits of information about several things that you may find really important, especially if you’re a motorcyclist from northern climates.
Northern climates motorcyclists experience dilemmas during winter season comes. Once winter approaches, they either take option of continuing their motorcycle riding, not wishing to be apart from their motorcycles for winter spell or they winterize their motorcycles and put it away until spring comes. Winter brings with it cold, icy, wet weather. These conditions do not bode well for your motorcycle’s condition and neither is it a great condition for riding your bike.
Every motorcyclist may have many different opinions on how to do process of winterizing their motorcycles. Doing it is a matter of grave significance in order to restore power and built of your motorcycle in order for it to be sturdy during its active lifespan. Once you have decided on putting away your bike temporarily as winter sets in, here are several basic steps to winterize your bike and put your mind at ease for rest of winter. •Even before winter sets in, check over your motorcycle for any mechanical problems. If you find something wrong, put it in repair immediately. •The engine oil and oil filter of your bike must be changed. After this, run engine briefly so that oil can circulate completely through system. Try to avoid using used motor oil as it is contaminated with acids. Drain your float bowls by running engine, shutting off fuel or letting engine use up fuel in float bowls.