Oxford (11 December 2012) - So you’re planning to take on the elements on your machine this winter? You couldn’t bear to be separated from your motorcycle for that long and would get withdrawal symptoms from not riding. But with a multitude of things to think about before getting your bike out of the garage where do you start? Here are our top tips on how to survive the winter weather:
- Keep warm
Keeping warm is essential; the warmer you are, the more comfortable you are and the longer you will be happy to ride for. It’s important to start with a good base layer i.e. thermals and build up various layers of clothing so that you give yourself the best chance to keep comfortably warm. For a real treat you could purchase one of our heated items – we have everything from jackets and trousers to gloves, heated grips and even heated seats.
- Stay dry
Whether it’s a waterproof rain suit, such as the Illumination 360 rain suit or a quality waterproof textile jacket such as the FXRG functional jacket, make sure you stay dry, otherwise the cold will set in.
- Be seen
It’s always nice to be looked at when you’re riding your bike as people admire your blacked out machine or gleaming chrome. However in winter it is more important than ever to be seen to stay safe. Fit out your ride with enhanced visibility on your motorcycle and on yourself – LED tail lights and Auxiliary lighting on the bike are there to show you the way on the road and to ensure you’re seen. Couple that with some 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material in our Illumination range, and you can be safe in the knowledge that you will be seen.
- Take a trip to your local dealer
It’s important to ensure your motorcycle is in good running order to take on the weather, the last thing you will want to do is have to call out the recovery men, so head down to your local dealer to get even more tips on prepping your bike for winter.
- Give it a regular and good clean
With all the salt and dirt on the roads it’s a good idea to give your motorcycle a good wash down after a ride out – especially if it’s chrome-laden! This will ensure it stays looking shiny and your paintwork stays intact. Make sure that you are stocked up with Harley-Davidson Cleaning products- the only ones tested by us on your bike to work and protect your baby.
- Ride careful
Remember that road surfaces are going to react differently and hazards on the roads will be plentiful – anything from new potholes appearing to slippery white lines autumnal leaves can have an effect on your balance. Take it steady and smile in the knowledge that you’re still out on your bike!
For more information on the products mentioned above check out www.harley-davidson.co.uk or head into your local dealer.