How To Navigate Your Bike in Nasty Weather
Get Your Mind Right
If you're mentally prepared for bad weather, you're already a step ahead. Being mentally prepared means remembering you need to ride a bit differently when things get nasty.
Take Your Time
Wherever you have to go, give yourself an extra 15 to 20 minutes to get there. The last thing you want is to feel a time crunch that might cause you to do something dangerous. Giving yourself a few extra minutes also gives you time to check your gear and your bike to make sure everything is in perfect condition before you head out.
The key to riding safely in the snow and wet conditions is to just take everything a little easier. Be easier on your throttle and easier on your brake. Do everything you can to avoid having to come to a screeching stop, because your tires won't grip as well as they normally do. Always make sure you completely finish making a turn before you start accelerating.
Speaking of making a turn, start slowing down before you get there rather than just braking as you go into the corner. Use engine braking instead of the brakes on your tires to minimize the risk of skidding. Engine braking just means letting up on the clutch and allowing the RPMs to drop naturally.
Hopefully, people where you live will drive sensibly when the weather gets bad. But you can't count on it. Some people just continue to drive foolishly no matter what the weather is like. Stay away from these people, give everybody a little extra space and a little extra time, and drive down the car tire tracks rather than the slicker center of the road.
Get Your Clothes Right
If you're not wearing a biker rain suit, a good pair of gloves, and a helmet you can see clearly out of even in the rain and snow, your mind is going to be distracted from the business of driving. You're going to be thinking about that trickle of moisture down the back of your neck or the bit that's getting in at your waist instead of the upcoming turn.
The Right Helmet
The helmet is the most important piece of equipment you have. It needs to offer you enough protection that you can trust it instead of worrying about your eyes the whole time you're riding. For really foul weather, you also want a helmet that can tuck down and protect the back of your neck, so you're not getting cold and miserable moisture down there the whole time.
Waterproof gloves are essential gear for every biker. In addition to being waterproof, your gloves should also offer you some protection, allow for good manual dexterity, and keep you warm when it's snowing and blowing.
Biker Rain Suit
You can try just getting pants and a jacket, but a whole biker rain suit is going to make it a lot easier to ride comfortably. Suits made from nylon are always a winner, and the best ones zip up but have a storm flap that closes over the zip so wet won't get in.
Get Your Gear Right
Even if you're decked out from head to toe in the most protective rain gear out there, you won't be able to concentrate if you're worried about your stuff or trying to cram it into pockets.
Water Resistant Motorcycle Luggage
Whether you prefer your motorcycle luggage to be soft-sided or hard, water resistant motorcycle luggage is crucial to keeping your valuables safe and dry no matter when you choose to ride. Even if you don't voluntarily go out when the weather is bad, choose luggage that will keep your stuff safe even from a sudden, unexpected rain shower.
Waterproof Phone Mount
When a squall suddenly springs up, don't risk your life and your bike by fumbling to keep your phone dry. Get yourself a waterproof phone mount so you can use your phone for navigation and be sure it will stay dry.