Fall can be a great time of year to take your motorcycle out on the open road. With the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, rides are scenic and enjoyable. Since riding in the fall has its own set of challenges, it is important to make sure you’re ready to get the most out of your ride. Here are a few tips to help keep your fall motorcycle ride safe and enjoyable.
- Prepare for the season’s unpredictable weather. Temperatures can fluctuate a lot, and quickly. Make sure to dress appropriately. Wearing layers or heated gear will help keep you warm and you can always remove clothing if you get too warm. It’s always a good idea to keep rain gear and gloves on your bike as well.
- Prep your bike for fall riding. Check that all your lights are working properly, as it gets dark much earlier than in the summer. Be sure to use the right tires on your motorcycle. Sport tires are great for warm summer conditions, but they lose traction in colder weather. The roads can get slippery, especially in the morning when the frost leaves a thin layer of ice on the roads. Switching to touring tires will work much better in the cold.
- Watch out for leaves. Leaves are one of the most beautiful parts of riding in the fall, but they can also be hazardous. With all the leaves falling from the trees and covering the road, it’s easy to miss things like potholes and other hazards underneath it all. If the leaves are wet, they can also be very slippery. Approach sections of the road that are covered carefully.
It is always important to be extra cautious while riding your bike, especially in the fall. Following these important tips will help make sure your motorcycle ride is safe and enjoyable. Hupy and Abraham, S.C. has been promoting safety and motorcycle awareness for decades. The firm is an advocate for motorcycle riders, promoting the “Watch for Motorcycles” campaign, which helps save riders’ lives. If you’re injured on the road, Hupy and Abraham is here for you. We’ve helped over 70,000 clients receive over $1 billion for their injuries.