With the weather cooling down for the autumn season, people take any chance they get to be outside before the chilly winter weather arrives. While there are many fall activities such as pumpkin picking, hayrides and haunted houses, motorcyclists also see this weather as a perfect opportunity to ride. If you plan on riding during the autumn season, make sure you take the necessary safety precautions to make sure you have a safe ride.
Check the Mechanics
After riding throughout the summer, your bike may need a tune up for the change of season. Make sure to check that all the parts are functioning properly and you have good tread and air pressure in your tires. Also make sure your fluid levels are good and all controls are working properly.
Wear Proper Clothing
Beat the wind with leather! Leather is the perfect clothing to wear on an autumn ride. Leather protects you from the wind and can keep you warmer in the colder autumn months. It is also a good idea to wear gloves during your ride to make sure your hands stay warm and adjust to changing temperatures.
Switch to a Half or Full Visor Helmet
Wearing a helmet while riding is crucial to protecting your head from any possible injuries. Helmets with a visor can also protect your eyes from the harsh cold air.
Watch for Riding Hazards
If there is rain in the forecast, make sure to always bring your rain riding gear. Be sure to also look out for fallen leaves as they make roads slippery. Always be alert for deer, especially at dawn and dusk. In general, it is good to keep an eye out for all riding hazards, so you have time to react.
Following these guidelines can help you make the most your time riding in the fall before the cold winter months.