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If you dread the thought of having to put your motorcycle away as soon as temperatures drop, you may not have to. Use these tips for safe motorcycle riding this winter.

Motorcycle Riding Tips for the Winter

While most motorcycle riders put their bike away during the winter season, this doesn't mean you have to do the same. Yes, conditions may be more rough and dangerous, but, if you're smart about your riding, you can stay safe and enjoy the season on your motorcycle. Start by preparing for the winter with these simple tips.

Invest in Winter Gear

Having to wear protective layers during the summer may not have been your favorite thing to do, but this gets easier in the winter. The cold temperatures make wearing layers and a leather jacket much more comfortable than during any other season. For the best results, invest in base layers like UnderArmour that will allow your sweat to evaporate without turning cold on your body. On top of your base layers, be sure to wear long pants, long sleeves, boots, a helmet with eye protection, waterproof gloves, and some kind of neck warmer. If you get too warm, you can shed some layers until you're comfortable but still protected. Consider investing in heated pieces as well as rainproof gear. For additional tips on how to layer this winter, click here!

Improve Traction

Cold tires tend to suffer reduced traction because the cold temperatures cause them to lose air pressure. Because of this, it's important that you regularly check your tire pressure and adjust it accordingly. If you're trying to warm up your tires, avoid swaying back and forth like you may have seen other riders do. The best way to warm up your tires quickly is by accelerating and then stopping. Just be sure to do this in a safe area away from traffic and where you're sure ice isn't present.

Properly Prepare Your Motorcycle for the Cold

If you plan to keep riding through the winter, be sure your motorcycle's fluids are at their best. To start, check on your antifreeze and be sure it's the correct mix. If you're expecting freezing temperatures, frozen antifreeze won't leave you the least bit happy. While you're at it, be sure there are no leaks in your hoses which may leave you stranded on the cold winter roads. Next, take a look at your oil. If it's time for an oil change, be sure to take care of this before winter actually arrives. Consider investing in a synthetic oil that will perform better than a conventional oil no matter how cold temperatures get. For a full range of the best AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oils, click here! Don't wait too long to get your synthetic oil change in Idaho Falls. To find the right synthetic motorcycle oil for your ride, contact the pros at Schell Distributing Inc. Contact them at (208)524-0322 to get suggestions like their 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil.

Look out for Road Dangers

Road dangers are a reality no matter what season it is. However, during the winter these can really add up. To start, if you're expecting snow you can also expect road salts. While this may seem normal, this substance can be very corrosive if your motorcycle comes into contact with it. Avoid riding over it as best as you can in order to keep your motorcycle safe. The same goes for black ice or any type of ice that can cause your motorcycle to slip and slide. Finally, avoid riding over snow or other substances that can hide cracks, potholes, and other dangerous road conditions.

Prevent Corrosion

As we mentioned earlier, road salts can be very corrosive, but they're not the only substance putting your motorcycle in danger. Snow, rain, and other seasonal conditions can do the same. To keep your motorcycle safe, wash it often. It's also a great idea to store it indoors or in a covered area where it will be protected from the outdoor elements. Finally, a new layer of wax will act as barrier between it and the elements.

Be Smart When Riding Your Motorcycle

This may go without saying, but be safe on the road. Since conditions can get tricky for anyone sharing the road, it's up to you to stay alert and ensure other drivers are aware of you. Increase you following distance, stay visible, and stay out of drivers' blind spots. If conditions are less than ideal, leave your motorcycle at home. No one wants to get soaked by the rain while going home, so be sure to check weather reports before leaving home.

Synthetic Motorcycle Oil in Idaho Falls, ID

For the best winter protection, invest in a synthetic motorcycle oil this season. Contact the synthetic oil experts at Schell Distributing Inc at (208)524-0322. You can also find a full range of their best AMSOIL Oil products in their online shop.

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Idaho Falls, ID, 83402
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