Fall is a favorite time of year for many Indiana residents due to the changing leaves and cooler air. However, if you are a motorcycle rider, it’s also time to make sure your bike is in good condition. These tips can help you ride more safely this fall.
Wear the right gear
Fall means cooler, crisper weather, so you will want to wear the right riding gear. This should include a sturdy pair of pants like jeans, a leather jacket, riding gloves and boots. You may also want to layer up if you plan on riding your motorcycle during the early morning hours and after dark when the temperatures are at their lowest.
Use the right tires
The tires you used during the summer may not be the best for fall motorcycle riding. Check them to see if they’re worn from the summertime heat. If they are, it means you need to replace them with tires that have good traction for cooler weather. This can help you enjoy a safer ride and avoid a motorcycle wreck.
Check your lights
Inspect all the lights on your motorcycle to ensure they’re working properly. Now that it’s fall, you’re more likely to drive after dark. Your headlight, turn lights and brake lights should all be in good working condition so that you can see and be seen by others.
Beware of fallen leaves
The falling leaves might look beautiful with their changing colors, but when they hit the ground, they can cause slippery conditions that could pose danger when you’re on your motorcycle. Your bike could skid out and you can get into a collision. Debris could also be hidden underneath a pile of leaves, so take care when riding.