As we all know, riding a motorcycle in the rain is a risky decision. However, for some people, this is the only form of transportation available. Riding your motorcycle in the rain is dangerous, not only is your balance and control put at risk when you deal with slippery surfaces, but other drivers are more likely to hydroplane into you, also.
Of course, when it rains, the roads are going to get wet and droplets will lift any type of oil, or rubber. The most dangerous time to ride is in the first hours of a heavy rainstorm because you are more likely to find a sleek surface on the road from oils that have been lifted by the water.
Another important thing to consider is that paint, cats-eye reflectors, tar, and in particular metal such as manhole covers and steel plates become a lot more slippery in the rain.
In order to help you tackle these challenging and often dangerous conditions, we want to share some tips to keep you safe during a rainy motorcycle ride.
1: Make sure your tires can cope with the wet conditions.
The first and most important item in the list is to check your tires. If you have slick tires, you need to stop and get new ones. There are plenty of options available that give you more control and stability in rainy weather. A good tire will help you remain in control and able to maintain the direction you are going.
2: Make sure you have the right gear.
Having a good waterproof rain suit, gloves, and boots will keep you comfortable and help you focus on the road. Remember to wear your helmet which should be equipped with either an anti-fog visor or even a visor with an electric defrost function. Whatever gear you end up wearing, make sure that it does not interfere with your movements or distract you in any way. When it comes to the helmet, remember that your vision is super important, therefore a proper and clean visor is imperative.
3: Avoid riding immediately after it rains.
This is extremely important, as we mentioned before, raindrops hit the road and lift any type of slick liquid to the surface. It is during this period that oil and other slippery fluids become more common.
The best thing to do is to let the rainfall wash away before you ride. If that is not possible, you need to be even more careful and ride slower than you normally would.
4: Brake and accelerate smoothly.
You must consider that if you need to ride in the rain, you need to change the way you handle your motorcycle. Throttle adjustments need to be smooth and appling your brakes should be done gradually and early. For this reason, it is important to keep a considerable distance from the vehicle in front of you to allow a greater breaking distance than the general 3-second rule.
5: Avoid obstacles and try to find a dry line.
You need to consider that any place on the road where cars come to a stop will have a higher concentration of oil and other slippery substances. It is best to decrease your speed when approaching an intersection. Also, avoid manhole covers and sealer pavement.
Finally,ry pavement offers better traction and maneuverability. So make sure you place yourself in the driest section of the road.
Remember! Dry conditions are much better for motorcycles. However, if you need to ride in the rain, consider all of five of the important tips we’ve outlined above to ensure your motorcycle rides are done safely.