If you regularly wear military apparel now or did at some point in the past, and you’ve never had the opportunity to go for a motorcycle ride, May is your lucky month. Harley-Davidson recently announced that it is offering free classes to any active or former U.S. military member who wants to learn how to drive a motorcycle as part of its new “Learn to Ride” program.
The holiday season is almost upon us, and temperatures are dropping rapidly throughout New England. Soon, it will be time to store your bike for the winter and dream of the warmer days to come in the spring, but for now, snow, ice and wind will conspire to turn even short rides into dangerous journeys.
That being said, there’s still a little time for the Harley fans who visit our Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester, NH to get in a few final rides before winter officially arrives! With that in mind, we’ve put together four quick tips that will help keep you safe and comfortable on the road for the next few weeks.
Gear Up to Keep Yourself Warm
To combat high winds and cold temperatures, you’ll need to dress in layers and ensure that your entire body is protected from the elements. Aim for a first layer that helps wick away sweat, a middle layer that emphasizes warmth and an outer shell that’s both waterproof and breathable. Don’t forget accessories like neck warmers and gloves, and aim for a helmet with an anti-fog visor, too. If you need to gear up, we have all the equipment you’ll need at Manchester Harley-Davidson.
Scan the Road for Extra Obstacles
The worsening weather can wreak havoc on the roads in all sorts of ways. The extra salt added to the surface can be dangerous on a motorcycle, and salt can eat away at your bike’s body and paint, too. Plow trucks and changing temperatures can cause cracks and potholes that can damage your rims, and black ice should be at the top of every driver’s mind. Be especially wary of black ice on bridges, and don’t try to brake suddenly if you feel yourself going over a patch!
Check Your Tire Pressure
Cold weather can cause drops in tire pressure, making your tires run flatter and limiting traction. When you combine that loss of effectiveness with late fall’s slippery conditions, disaster can ensue. To combat this, ensure that you check your tire pressure before every ride, and be ready to add air to your tires more frequently than you do in the warmer months.
Watch for Weather
This may seem pretty simple, but be smart about watching weather reports before you hit the road. If it looks like there’s snow, rain or very cold temperatures in the future, you should plan to avoid trouble altogether and stay off the road. If you’re out on the road and the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse, cut your trip short and wait out the weather or return home immediately!
Of course, there are many more safety tips to keep in mind as the weather turns for the worse. If you have any additional advice for our riders, drop them in the comments!