How to survive on a motorcycle in adverse conditions such as rain, wind or snow

Madrid

Updated:18/11/2020 01:14h

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If you are one of those who out of devotion, comfort or obligation do not hesitate for a second to take the motorcycle despite the cold or rain, as well as other inclement winter weather, it should be remembered that good protection of your body and good maintenance of the motorcycle are fundamental, not only for your comfort but also for your safety. Mainly, in the event of any condition that hinders grip or visibility, you should slow down and anticipate more reactions. In addition, the distance to the preceding vehicle must be significantly increased. Thus, since Box Repsol, offer us advice on how to react to adverse situations very specific:

First of all, the big problem of the wind is its unpredictability and, specifically, the lateral wind, since in the worst case it can divert the pilot from his trajectory and take him to the opposite lane or to the ditch. Some of the most extreme cases are usually bridges, tunnels or when passing a truck. Therefore, it is important to hold the handlebar firmly and use it to turn the motorcycle. And to have a greater margin of reaction, the ideal is to circulate through the center of the lane, especially when everything points to a possible imminent blast of air.

In addition, if luggage is carried on the motorcycle, it must be properly tied and as symmetrical as possible to avoid imbalances. As for your equipment, you have to make sure that you wear all the clothes well fitted.

If we refer to rain, with the appropriate equipment, this phenomenon may not be more than a slight annoyance, but to drive on wet pavement several factors must be taken into account. First of all, it must not be forgotten that the worst time to drive is just when it is starting to rain, especially if it has not done so in previous days. The asphalt turns into a slide trap until the water cleans well all the residues deposited in it. So, when accelerating, you should be aware that it is very easy for the tires to slip if you are too generous with the gas. Even more so when standing uphill or on a road marking. The gas opening must be smooth and progressive.

Like accelerating, braking in rainy conditions can become a critical time. You should always try to brake with the bike as straight as possible. You have to anticipate the braking zone, not only to slow down earlier and in a smoother way, but also because of possible elements in the road that could make the line change. Try to load more stopping power with the rear brake and apply the front brake smoothly and progressively. The engine brake must be taken into account when downshifting, as aggressive downshifting can cause the motorcycle to skid.

Also, the roads have many horizontal markings, lines, arrows, signs … which are extremely slippery in rainy conditions. Avoid everything, and, in the city, you should pay special attention to the vents in some car parks.

Finally, with snow, you must maintain a very low speed, a long safety distance and, although it may cost, keep your body relaxed. What’s more, with snow on the road it is best to try driving on the ruts formed by the preceding vehicle. This “clean” area can provide extra grip, but beware that there may still be ice underneath. Bring the right gas point and high gears, but without dropping the engine too much. Very important, braking should continue to be with the rear brake accompanied very gently by the front brake and some engine braking.

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