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Riding in the Cold
With fall weather already here, and with the exception of a few warm days here and there, we can expect very cold days ahead. How can we enjoy riding our bikes and still be safe and comfortable?
Here are a few strategies to follow when riding in the cold:
- Cold weather drains your energy when you are riding, so you will become fatigued more quickly; make sure to take breaks frequently so you (and your passenger) can warm up in a heated area.
- Much of our body heat is lost through the head when it’s cold out. A helmet can not only provide comfort and injury protection, but can help you stay warm as well.
- Wear multiple layers to help trap warm air close to your body, and consider heated clothing (vests, jackets, chaps, socks, gloves, etc.) to fight off the cold (remember that, unless you have your own source of heat, the cold will eventually win).
Heated vest. Connect to your bike and fight off the cold.
- When riders get cold they can experience hypothermia – a condition that causes slowed mental and physical reactions, as well as the loss of smooth muscle control. Watch for the signs of impairment – increased number and frequency of ‘surprises’ and loss of smooth motorcycle control. These signs tell you that your mental and physical abilities are being affected by the cold and it may be time to slow down, take a break, or even park it
for the day.
Take care of yourselves
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