Tips for Riding a Motorcycle Safely in the Fall

getaway07 Motorcyclists riding in the fall. Courtesy of Biran Malloy

getaway07 Motorcyclists riding in the fall. Courtesy of Biran Malloy

Fall is the perfect time to spend some time outside (camping, anyone?), but one of the best things to do outdoors when the temperatures cool and the leaves start changing colors is taking a ride on the back of a motorcycle. Before you head out, however, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for what is or could be waiting for you out on the open road. To help make sure you’re ready, we’ve shared a list of fall riding tips from the Illinois State Police. Take a few minutes to read through the list and then feel free to set out on your hog.

Check Your Skill Set: Your skill set can diminish if you don’t ride regularly, so if it’s been awhile since you’ve been on your bike, take some time to re-acclimate yourself. Find an open area to do some slow speed maneuvering and a few braking drills.

Hazard Awareness: Always maintain a constant state of awareness while riding. Call out hazards such as children, blind curves, railroad crossings, deer, etc. to help you prepare for something and force you to scan beyond your normal boundaries.

Wet Weather: Keep rain gear with you along with a pair of clear glasses or a helmet with a shield. Adjust your riding speed for conditions and watch for standing water. Gear up, slow down, create distance, and stay focused when conditions are wet.

Leaves are Falling: Falling leaves can present a unassuming hazard. Fall colors can distract drivers in vehicles as well as riders so keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Also, leaves that have accumulated on the road can be slick and can reduce your bike’s traction. Be aware and reduce your speed.

To read the rest of the tips from the Illinois State Police, click here.

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