Posted: 09 Nov 2013
As the cold temperatures set in, it’s essential that you give your bike a little extra TLC if you plan to brave the elements and use it throughout winter. By simply carrying out a few extra checks before you venture out you can be sure your bike is safely prepared for the conditions.
As with many things, the work is in the preparation, so while it’s important to carry out daily winter checks on your motorcycle to ensure everything is working as it should, it’s also worth bearing in mind the preparation tips below before you head out too:
- Ensure you have suitable clothing
It’s important to ensure that your clothing keeps the warmth in and rain out in poor weather conditions. A good waterproof and windproof jacket will ensure both and if you choose one in a light colour and/or with reflective panels, you’ll also make sure that you can be clearly seen by other road users.
- Effective tyres
Depending on the severity of the weather it might be worth investing in some winter tyres with a deeper tread depth to account for the change in road conditions. Check your tread depth too to ensure that it is within the legal limits of 1.00mm*.
- The right type of coolant
As many people do, if you’ve just been filling up your coolant with water throughout the year then you may need to add more concentrated coolant that contains anti-freeze to ensure it does its job properly.
Before you go out:
On the road:
When you return:
*correct at time of writing