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Riding your motorcycle in the rain is shown as a mesmerizing experience, especially in TV, Movies, and other forms of media. Rain droplets falling on your bomber jacket, everything feels fresh and alive. While all this is fantasy, when it comes to real life, when the rain starts to pour, we recommend you take a precautionary stop under a place with a roof.
However, enthralling it may be, riding any vehicle especially Two Wheeled ones is not a cake walk in the rain, courtesy of broken, slippery roads, massive potholes and open sewer lines. All these on-road anomalies create risky situations for the riders. Thereby, we recommend you stay away or postpone your weekend trip when it rains.
Let us highlight some issues that might occur, if you decide ride in the rain, don’t worry we will provide important tips as well, informing you about the dangers of riding in the rain will make you a better prepared rider.
1. 1. Excessive water can seep in the exhaust pipe, this might block the passage of exhaust fumes
2. 2. Water can damage electronics and wires if it seeps inside the main console.
3. 3. Excessive water damage leads to rust formation in Motorcycles.
4. 4. Water can seep inside your protective gear making it soaked and heavy, in case you ride.
5. 5. Chain damage and wear
6. 6. Slippery and damaged tyres
To Name a Few, btw we do not recommend riding in the rain, but let’s say you don’t have any other option, or you’ve already left home, and it pours, in all these scenarios what can you do, how can you be prepared in short term and the long term, when it rains.
Now, let’s talk about 3 useful tips you must ---- before you ride in the rain:
1. 1. Check for Leaks & Damage: Your Motorcycle is your prized possession, and rain is your enemy.
Water being a liquid has a tendency to seep in the cracks or broken joints in your ride, this seepage can lead to rust, electronics failure, wire malfunctions, before you decide to take your ride for spin in the rain, make sure that you find broken areas and cracks, try to repair or cover them, to control the water seepage.
Exhaust pipe is another part that can get damaged due to excessive exposure to water, keep it safe by avoiding a large puddle of water. Simple things lead to better Motorcycle Life
2. Tyre check: Tyre safety is necessary to maintain control over your two-wheeler in slippery conditions.
To avoid skidding on the roads tyre pressure must be checked regularly. The tyre must be replaced at once if there are any flat spots, bloats or cracks found in the outer shell of the tyre. Always check the Tread level for a stronger grip control,
any sign of tyre wear must be rectified immediately, ignorance of tyre wear often leads to lot of accidents on the road. An Additional advice keep a puncture kit with you just to be safe. Ride Slow and keep the motorcycle in an optimum speed and Control. Stay Safe, ride everywhere.
3. Waterproofing and lubrication: The chain suffers the maximum damage during the rainy season. The regular splashing of water, mud and dirt often results in rusting of the chain. The best way to protect the chain is the use of variety of lubricants available in the market.
Chain lubricants have water-repelling characteristics that protect your chain from rusting and excessive wear & tear. Waterproofing electrical components is necessary, an electrical leak near the battery would result in short circuit or fire. You can carry a waterproof cover along with you to keep the motorcycle covered during excessive rain.
Our final recommendation, stay put during rainy days, avoid riding, if you really need to ride, follow these quick tips, they will certainly make your riding experience in the rain, joyous and safe.
Since you have been a fantastic reading Audience for us, let’s give you some bonus tips;
- -- Wearing a Raincoat, a good quality helmet with a clear glass screen to ensures clear visibility
-- Rub a Potato over the Helmet Visor, the starch allows the water slip out from the Helmet screen
-- Braking needs to be gentle as the braking distances can be long. It is difficult to correct the front wheel if it starts slipping rather than the rear wheel. patches on the wet roads can be extremely dangerous as they are a result of spilling of oil or fuel and can be very slippery
-- Keep some accessories and rain gear with you at all times, carry waterproof bags and pouches, keep your docs and gear covered in waterproof pouches.
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