15 Tips To Consider Before Setting Out On Your Motorcycle Journey During Rain

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Riding and rain don’t go quite well together. Usually when it rains it means it’s time to put a stop to your bike and tuck away in a garage door until raining season gets over.
However, nothing can stop motorbike enthusiastic from riding their bike. Not, even the rain. For them riding in the rain is just another adventure that can only be experienced during the monsoon season.
Riding in the rain is no big deal unless you are not willing to make few changes in your riding style. With proper gear, right knowledge, and making few changes in your riding techniques you are ready to set out on the trail full of drizzling water on your motorcycle.
Now, let’s go through some tips and all the changes that you should consider before you set out on your bike in the rain.

1. The right gear

In motorcycle riding, the most important thing is having the right riding gear. Especially in the rainy season, it is necessary to have the right gear for your motorcycle.
Make sure you keep at least one good quality waterproof rain suit with you. Do not cheap out on this and buy a good quality one or else you will regret it later. Also, keep waterproof gloves and boots with you. You can’t control your bike with frozen fingers so, waterproof gloves are the must.
Another essential gear is a helmet. Whatever helmet you buy, it should be of good quality that comes with an anti-fog visor, or a visor with electric defrost function.
Choose the riding gear carefully, t-shirts or rain suit that you wear must in a bright color or reflective so that other drivers who are driving along with you on the road could easily notice you.

2. Check the tires

No matter how sophisticated your motorcycle is don’t forget to check on the tires regularly. Because in the end, it all comes down to your motorcycle’s tires as they are going to be the one who will deal with grips on the ground.
Check out on the tires tread level every once in a week. If you find any abnormal signs of wear and tear like flat-spots or cracks, then it indicates that it’s time to replace that tire with a new one.
Many people ignore this but trust me, you don’t want to compromise with a grip of the tire especially during rain.

3. Control brakes

You must have proper control on your brakes especially when it’s raining and the roads are slippery. Always check before starting whether brakes are functioning correctly or not.
While on the road try to apply brakes as early as possible. Don’t rely on pushing brakes hard in the last moment otherwise, there are chances that your bike might skid.
Also, usually we tend to apply slightly more pressure on front brakes than the rear brakes. But in wet places, it’s quite the opposite. If you put pressure on front brakes, then it will start sliding, making it difficult for you to control your bike. Instead, apply more pressure on rear brakes for a more comfortable handling of your bike in case it starts to slide.

4. Maintain the distance

It’s important to maintain the distance between other vehicles. This distance should be greater than the usual distance when it’s raining. This is because braking takes a longer time than usual when the road is wet and slippery.
For example, if you ride 5-6 seconds behind cars then make it 8-10 seconds while riding in the rain. This will leave you with some extra time in case there is a need to apply the emergency brakes. During such times, even the difference of 1 second can mean the difference between life and death.

5. Stay away from shiny surfaces

Avoid riding on shiny surfaces as much as possible. Mostly such surfaces are made of metal like metal bridges, metal manholes or metal strips and in the rain riding on a metal surface is indeed not a good idea.
Also, try to avoid riding your motorcycle on white lines or any other markings on the road as when it rains, it becomes slippery and it feels like you are riding on an icy surface.
In case there is no other alternative other than riding on such surfaces then ride as slowly as you can, try to apply brakes gently, and keep your focus on balancing the bike.

6. Watch out for puddles

For some people, nothing could be more satisfying than riding through a puddle, but it is simply not recommended. You never know what’s beneath that surface. There could be a 3-4 feet deep hole below that surface.
Unless you know the area well enough and are sure that there definitely can’t be a manhole or a pit below that surface please avoid riding through any puddles.
If you have no other choice, then ride slowly and keep your motorcycle in first or second gear. That way engine will stay in power band so that it will operate efficiently when you feel like to accelerate the motorcycle.

7.Skid plates

In case you don’t know what skid plate is then no need to worry, we are here to help.
The skid plate is an abrasion resistant material which is affixed to the underside of a vehicle in order to prevent the damage to the lower side in case it makes contact to the ground.
You must be wondering why we are talking about skid plates here as it is generally used in rough and rocky terrain or off-road riding. Well yes, you are right about that part. But, remember earlier we talked about puddles? We never know what’s beneath the surface filled out with water. There could be a tall speed breaker or a rock big enough to cause the damage to the underside of your motorcycle.
So, attaching a skid plate will save your motorcycle from all the horrors that lie beneath the water.

8.  Don’t fall out for rainbow

You must have seen rainbow patches on the road many times while driving in the rain. Well, sorry to break the things out for you, but that’s not a rainbow.
It may seem like one but there are many things that look kind of similar to each other, but in reality, they are not. So, you must be wondering what is it then? Well! It’s a result of the mixture of fuel or oil and water, and it can be very slippery.
So, try to avoid riding through it. If you have to ride through it, then ride on a straight line and go slow as much as you can.

9. Be aware of intersections

Most of the unfortunate events during rain happens at the intersections. You will find patches of oil mostly at intersections. This is because of a majority of the vehicle that halts there. Now, this is the main reason why you should watch out for intersections.
As most of the vehicles stop here, there will be a higher amount of slick stuff. You may not notice that while driving, but it would be better to slow down when you see an intersection point.

10. Be careful at railway crossings

Railway crossings are already frustrating enough to cross with motorcycle even when it’s dry out there. So, when it’s raining, it will be a nightmare to cross through because according to science wet metal and wet rubber aren’t the best mates.
There is no need to worry though because with the right knowledge and skill you easily be able to get by it. Try to keep your motorcycle perpendicular to the tracks and drive in a straight line.
Don’t try to stop when you are on the tracks otherwise, your rear wheel will get stuck into tracks while you are trying to accelerate and it will keep on spinning. It will make your bike to swerve to the other side.

11. Essentials in your tank bag

Make sure you have the right motorcycle accessories for rain before you embark upon your journey.
Along with the right motorcycle accessories, carry some essential things to keep in tank bags like a toolkit, flat fixer, first-aid kit, and lens cleaning kit for the visor of your helmet.

12. Change your riding style

You can’t just cling to one style with motorcycle riding. You must change your riding style according to different weather conditions.
Now changing your riding style doesn’t imply that you need to ride like a motorcycle racer or an expert. These changes simply include making your throttle adjustments smooth and in very small increments, gradually applying your brakes, applying them early, and use less lean angle. This will especially come in handy when it’s raining.

13. Body position matters

Try to keep your body lean to put the bike in an upright position. Doing so will increase the traction of your motorcycle with the ground. While doing that make sure you keep your transition smooth to protect the chassis.
Also, have you ever noticed that big glass on the front side of your bike? It’s not there just to make your motorcycle look cooler. It’s a windshield, try to keep your head into that mirror. This will give you an extra weight which will assist your motorcycle to remain upright while making turns.
For those riding on big ADV motorcycles, there’s an extra tip for you. When the situation gets more slippery try to stand on those pegs which will make your central mass as low as possible. That will give you more traction and control over your motorcycle.

14. Visibility

This is another important issue that one needs to consider beforehand. When it’s raining hard, it will become difficult for you to watch the road as well as for other drivers to see your ride.
So, to take care of this issue try switch your headlights. Also, along with headlights keep motorcycle’s tail lamps on too.
This will not only help you to see the road properly, but other vehicles will also be able to notice you clearly.
Leave your helmet’s glass slightly open. Difference between the temperature in outside’s air and inside your helmet will create fog on your helmet’s glasses which will block your vision.
Maintain your distance between the vehicle in front of you. One reason that you already know is for braking. The other one is to protect yourself from the wheel spray coming from the vehicles riding ahead of you. That could affect your visibility.

15. Try to avoid the first rain

You must be wondering the whole article is about riding in the rain as long as you know what you are doing, but now suddenly you are advised to avoid riding in the rain.
Well, you should wait for first one or two hours when it’s raining for the first time after so many days. Because this is the time when roads get slicker.
Aside from all the above things presence of mind is the most important thing while driving, whether it’s raining out there or not.
Now that you know all the essential tips for riding in the rain, you are ready to set out on your bike without needing to worry.

About the author:
Harold Camaya is a blogger who loves to write especially in Beverages vertical. She co-authored Supercharge Organic Traffic: A popular course focusing on Organic Traffic for Ecommerce.. Her hobbies are travelling and reading novels.

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