For many, fall is a favorite riding season. The vibrant colors of the changing leaves and crisp air create a wonderful atmosphere to take in. It’s a perfect time to ride your favorite routes or even explore new ones. Like any season, however, riding in the fall can present it’s own set of challenges. Here are a few tips to ensure you avoid common mistakes and enjoy your fall rides.
- Colder nights and cooler temperatures can cause your motorcycle tire pressure to be low. Check your tire pressure for accuracy and proper inflation while also inspecting tread. Often at the end of riding season tires are worn out.
- Check your motorcycle battery and consider charging your motorcycle battery the night before riding to ensure a full charge for your ride. Colder weather makes your battery work more and can lose its charge quicker than under normal dry warm conditions.
- Plan your route to make the most of daylight hours. Due to the colder conditions of riding in the fall, you’ll likely be stopping to warm up more often. You’ll also be tempering your speed due to more slippery road conditions. Plan that your hours are few. Therefore pick a route that will bring you to your destination before dark.
- Wear appropriate gear. Keeping and staying warm is key to an enjoyable fall ride. It will be chilly, and though you feel warm when you start, wind-chill will quickly change that factor. Heated gear is fabulous and adds extra linings to your jacket and pants. Winter riding gloves work well. Don’t forget to layer with performance undergarments and bring extra layers if you have the room.
- Be extra aware of potentially slippery conditions and hazards such as slick leaves or hidden ice. Frost and ice can form and linger through the day, especially on bridges and in shadows, and wet leaves can be just as slippery as ice or gravel.
- Be visible! As daylight hours decrease, it’s important to make yourself as visible as possible on the road. Consider adding reflective tape or stickers to your motorcycle or your helmet.
- Watch out for wildlife. Fall is mating season for many animals, so be extra cautious when riding through wooded area. While deer are a year-round hazard, they can also be more active as they search for food and avoid hunters. Be extra cautious around dawn and dusk.
We hope these tips will help you be better prepared to enjoy this fall riding season and take in the beautiful scenery. Do you have any tips or advice to add? Be sure to let us know in the comments below and join the discussion on social media.