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With fog, snow, icy roads, riding a motorcycle is no piece of cake in the winter.


So what is your idea of how to store your bike for winter? If it’s just throwing a cover over it, you may be in for some nasty surprises come spring time. The last thing you want to find out when riding season starts is that your bike won't!


Many motorcyclists do without their vehicle in winter. But if you’re not letting winter getting in the way of getting on your bike, you should go well prepared.


Read on below as we lay out tips for getting your motorcycle through the winter and staying safe out there during tough road conditions.

SCOOTER/MOTORCYCLE:

Which one is better suited for winter: a scooter or a motorcycle?

On a scooter, it is easier to protect oneself from wind and weather with a large visor and a heated blanket across one's legs than on a motorcycle, where one is more exposed.

Generally, the larger wheels of a motorcycle are better suited for winter. However, the step-through frame of a scooter may be more convenient, but it makes the vehicle more difficult to stabilise than a motorcycle, which can be handled more easily because you can close your knees around the tank.

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BIKING GEAR:

In addition to your normal motorcycle gear, we recommend using heated grips and possibly even heated clothing in winter.


Rain jackets with reflective inserts or a separate reflective vest help improve your visibility.


Also consider a good sized screen – easily detachable versions are available and will significantly reduce wet and wind chill as well as aiding visibility.

We have top brands for you to choose from, such as Husqvarna, ONEAL, Oset and RST, just to name a few.


Head over to our online store to shop all our motorcycle gear.

DRIVING STYLE:

First of all you should start off with practising driving on a slippery surface as raking on a slippery road is very challenging: you should generally use the rear-wheel brake; the front-wheel brake may only be applied very carefully to avoid jamming the front wheel.

Choose the appropriate speed – generally, as high a gear as possible will reduce wheel-spin and breaking traction – and give yourself space to adapt, adjust and slow down by increasing the distance between you and other road users.

Signal earlier, anticipate the road ahead as much as possible to minimise abrupt changes in speed or direction, and make contact with drivers using their mirrors to ensure you are visible.

Keep a loose grip on the bars, look straight ahead and not down at the road, and avoid sudden movements by anticipating road conditions as far ahead as possible.

PRACTICE:

Anyone who is not used to driving on ice and snow but does not want to go without their motorised two-wheeler should consider taking some advanced rider training – there is always something to learn no matter how much you think you know that comes in use in all road conditions.

Such trainings are offered both by automotive clubs and driving schools.

If you're interested, we've have lots of experience with advising people on how to get on to a scooter or motorcycle for the very first time, as well as with sourcing excellent advanced riding training in the area.

TRACKS:

If you have an option, it is better to drive on new snow than on packed tracks that have gone solid.

Watch your riding position: keep your feet firmly on the foot rests and your hands in a relaxed position on the handlebar. It is not advisable to try and stabilise with your feet while driving.

HIBERNATION:

If you no longer feel like riding your motorcycle or scooter, you can put it away for the winter, return the number plates and even save money.

You can return the number plates either by post or directly at the counter of the Road Traffic Office.

During the period of suspension, you are not required to pay taxes and insurance premiums or your will get a refund if you have already paid them.

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TECHNICAL CHECK-UP AND FREE WINTRY CHECKS 


For all our hardcore, all-weather, all-year-round riders make sure you winterize your motorcycle or scooter.


We recommend checking the brakes, brake fluid, electronics and lights. The battery and the chain drive should also be checked because they are the main cause of breakdowns in winter, if you're struggling then pop down to us, we offer FREE motorcycle safety checks!


Click here to simply arrange to bring your bike into our Keighley Motorcycles branch and we'll check that the brake linings, fluid levels, battery condition, bulbs and tyres are in good enough condition to help run through your winter journeys.