Guide to Riding a Motorcycle in Winter

January 26th, 2021 by
Harley-Davidson Bikes in Snow

Even when the Cape Girardeau temperatures drop, you can feel the road and a new Harley-Davidson model calling you. However, safety is a top priority when riding a motorcycle in the winter. Lawless Harley-Davidson created this guide to help adventurous riders hit the roads in winter without worry. Get our winter riding tips, along with recommendations for winter motorcycle gloves and gear!

Winter Riding Tips

For bikers, the winter months may be too long to go without climbing aboard your beloved bike. While riding a motorcycle in the winter can pose more risks, you can take a smart approach by following our winter riding tips:

  • Dress For The Weather- Having the appropriate winter motorcycle gloves and gear can make all the difference when faced with cold temperatures. Dress in layers and use insulated gear for added warmth. Also, make use of your windshield to stay fully protected. 
  • Pack Snacks- You burn more calories when you’re cold, so keep snacks on hand when riding your motorcycle in the winter. 
  • Use Winter Motorcycle Tires- The cold weather decreases the traction on your tires, no matter what kind of road you’re driving on. If your tread looks less than ideal, be sure to visit our Harley-Davidson® parts center to get a set of winter motorcycle tires.
  • Check Tire Pressure & Fluids- Even a new set of winter motorcycle tires naturally losses pressure over time. Maintaining your bike by checking your tire pressure and fluids is crucial for cold-weather riding. 
  • Avoid Extreme Weather- We all know the weather can change on a dime, so take careful stock of the reports before heading out too far. Blurred sightlines, as well as slick surfaces, are an accident waiting to happen. If the weather is too risky, get your bike safely stored and wait for a better day.

Picking Winter Motorcycle Gloves & Gear

Being prepared with the right winter gear can make riding your motorcycle in winter safer and more enjoyable. Some of our top picks include:

  • Hand Warmers- Inexpensive, easy to slip into your gloves, and able to last for a couple of hours of riding, hand warmers are a simple and effective addition to your winter motorcycle gloves and gear. 
  • Heated Grips- Provides additional warmth to your digits when hand warmers simply won’t cut it. 
  • Heated Seats- Simple to install and relatively affordable, heated seats can make a big difference in longer rides. 
  • Heated Clothing- From neck warmers to heated Harley-Davidson heated gloves, there is a variety of heated gear for the avid winter rider. 
  • Winter Motorcycle Jacket- Breathable and waterproof, the right winter motorcycle jacket will work to keep you warm and dry while on the Paducah, KY roads. Check out our Harley-Davidson store for a variety of options. 

Shop Winter Motorcycle Tires & More at Lawless Harley-Davidson

Just can’t stay off the Scott City roads? We understand! From motorcycle maintenance to outfitting a new Harley-Davidson with new winter motorcycle tires, the team at Lawless Harley-Davidson can make sure you’re prepared for riding this winter. Reach out to us today!

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