8 Tips for Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain
No one usually sets out for a motorcycle ride in a rainstorm. However, ask a couple of your buddies, and they no doubt have gotten caught riding in the rain. While riding in the rain may not be your intention, Mother Nature does not always play fair. Most importantly, your safety matters above all when riding in slick conditions. Therefore, we have some helpful tips for riding your motorcycle in the rain.
1. Wear Appropriate Gear
We don’t always know when a storm will hit, but having rain gear is always a life saver. Today’s gear is lightweight and offers excellent rain protection. Additionally, it packs up easily for storage.
2. Watch the Road
Avoid hazards such as wet leaves, white lines, steel plates, and manhole covers. Watch for rainbows on the pavement, as that probably indicates an oil slick.
3. Use Rear Brakes
If you feel yourself sliding, we recommend that you use the rear brakes more. Over-braking with your front breaks is a recipe for disaster. It’s easier to control your bike from the rear.
4. Cautious Crossing
Be especially carefully when approaching and crossing railroad tracks. Make sure your tires are straight as possible when you cross over.
5. Avoid Puddles
This goes for any vehicle with tires. Puddles can be deceiving. Avoid them when you can do you don’t end up in deep water. Pun intended.
6. Maintain Safe Distances
Make sure you keep an appropriate braking distance between you and the car in front of you. It is also smart to not drive right behind someone to avoid excess splashing.
7. Be Visible
Try to wear colorful and reflective gear. This way makes it much easier for other drivers to see you in the road and in low visibility.
8. Reduce Speed
While this seems obvious, it is important to note. You may be tempted to speed up to get to cover. Take your time, and arrive alive!
When should you stop and wait out the storm?
Even if you follow all of these tips for riding your motorcycle in the rain, there are times when it is best to simply pull over and wait out the storm.
- If you are caught in a torrential downpour that significantly affects your visibility, pull over.
- If you are caught in a thunder and lightning storm, seek safe shelter.
Have more riding safety questions? Come on into Chesapeake Cycles. We would love to swap stories and safety advice. Our team is made up of riders, just like you! We love talking about motorcycles and riding.