More Riding a Harley in the Winter Tips

riding a Harley during the winter

Riding a Harley in the winter doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will remember our promise to help you stay warm on the outside if you are riding a Harley during the winter.

riding a Harley during the winter

This time of year, it is especially important to dress in layers. Your base layers should consist of full leg and full sleeve underwear as was mentioned last week. Even if you are working up a sweat, a good base layer will allow your skin to breathe while wicking away any moisture. For conditions in the teens and 20s, throw on a zip up hoodie with a fleece neck collar, as it will help create an insulation barrier. If it is colder, add an additional mid-layer, like a wool sweater.

riding a Harley during the winter

Your outer gear has to be waterproof and it must breathe. Gore-Tex is a good option. As Travels with Harley mentioned, leather is a great windbreaker, but not advisable in the cold or wet conditions.

riding a Harley during the winter

 

You’ll need a neck warmer and don’t forget a good pair of waterproof riding gloves if you are riding a Harley in the winter. Held Freezer Gloves are great and although some wear glove liners for extra warmth, they aren’t usually needed if your Harley has heated grips.

riding a Harley during the winter

You may or may not be a fan of heated gear. Simple layering will keep your core warm and protected from any direct wind if you are riding a Harley in the winter.

Getting your bike ready if you are riding a Harley in the winter is extremely important. Of course, you’ll need a windshield and handguards. If you own a water-cooled motorcycle, be sure that you put in fresh antifreeze, which should be changed annually anyway.

riding a Harley during the winter

Cold tires during the winter will give you limited traction, but riding will increase the tire heat. Just be aware that even a small stop will cool your tires down quickly giving you less traction. Make sure that your tires have adequate tread if you are riding a Harley in the winter. Pinching your pennies on tires it just as ridiculous as buying a cheap motorcycle helmet.

Jim and I like to ride anytime of the year, but are always prepared for the weather, well, at least we try to be.

This winter be safe, dress for the weather and don’t forget to prep your motorcycle as well if you are riding a Harley during the winter.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Travels with Harley Tips

Travels with Harley Tips can help, especially since we have been sharing all kinds of great fall motorcycle rides with those of you who follow our blog. However, you shouldn’t just jump on your bike without some preparation.

Some parts of America are certainly not warm year round. Jim and I live in Missouri and have our fair share of cold weather, but that is nothing compared to Maine, Wisconsin and Canada. When the seasons change, so does the climate, and although September can be unpredictable once the leaves start dropping, it won’t be long before the temperatures do too.

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Jim and I double check everything before we hit the pavement and have some Travels with Harley Tips that we would like to share.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Leaves

Those colorful leaves that you see on your fall motorcycle ride are beautiful, but can also be extremely hazardous. Leaves that are piled up on the road can be covering up dangerous potholes. Keep a close eye on the road and take the routes that you know. Fall is never the time to attempt a new motorcycle road trip, especially if you don’t know the road very well.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Deer Season

Deer are most active in autumn as they are running from hunters or looking for food. Be aware when you ride and wear protective gear. Make sure you scan both sides of the roadway, especially in the more rural areas as deer will dart out in front of you. Keep especially alert during dawn and dusk when deer are most active.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Leathers

Pull your leathers out of storage and enjoy the cool, crisp temperatures. Leather really is a great friend as it protects you from the elements, including the wind. Jim knows how much I hate being cold when we are riding so I make sure I take my leather jacket and chaps during this time of year.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Because the weather is so unpredictable during the fall, chilly in the early morning hours and almost hot in the afternoon to freezing or below once the sun goes down, you will want to make sure that you are prepared. Being under-dressed with mechanical problems that were anything but expected can be downright dangerous. Carry lightweight but warm emergency clothing in case of an emergency.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

 

Road Surfaces

Cold fall nights lead to morning frost so it is important that you are aware of frost and even black ice that could make you lose traction, especially on those tight curves. Watch for shady spots on the roadways, as they are always the first to ice up. Make sure you know the road and your surroundings if you are cruising during the fall.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Enjoy the beauty of the season, but make sure you are safe and ready to go first for your fall motorcycle ride and stay tuned for some more Travels with Harley Tips!