A Quick Guide for Riding Your Motorbike in the Rain

A Quick Guide for Riding Your Motorbike in the Rain

Regardless of how long you’ve been riding or how skilled you are, all of us have to tweak how we ride our motorbikes in the rain. Motorbike safety is a major concern for riders and rainy conditions make riding safely all that more important.

The sad truth is that wet conditions are going to be unavoidable (and probably quite frequent if you live in the UK), so knowing what you need to be aware of before you start riding in those conditions is of the utmost importance.

To help you along your way, we’ve written a quick guide to riding your motorbike in the rain, highlighting some important bits that you need to be aware of.

Speed

Your speed is one of the most important things to be aware of when riding in the rain as the wet conditions will have an effect on your stopping distances. If you’re not sure what your thinking and stopping distances on your motorbike are, you should find out as a matter of priority and information can be found here.

Not only does reducing your speed mean that you’re going to encounter fewer issues with stopping distances, it also means that you’re asking your tyres to deal with less and traction will not be as much of an issue.

Puddles

With rain, of course, comes puddles and, although they’re not exactly deadly, you should still keep an eye out for them as you’re riding.

We spoke to motorbike experts, We Want Your Motorbike, who said: “Puddles aren’t too dangerous because it’s not particularly common to aquaplane when you’ve only got two wheels! However, it’s still important to be aware of them.

“What you need to be wary of is what the puddle is hiding underneath. A puddle can fully hide a pothole or manhole cover so if you can safely do so, try to avoid riding through puddles.”

Braking

The best ways to brake in wet conditions is both slowly and progressively, as this will prevent your tyres from locking out, which is essential for motorbike safety on wet roads. You can still brake firmly as long as it’s smooth – the real emphasis here should be that your braking needs to be steady.

It can also be beneficial to practice braking on a wet surface in a safe place so that you know what your tyres can handle. A safe environment such as a car park is an ideal place to practice braking in the rain and this should really help you to gauge what your motorbike is capable of in wet conditions.

Oil

It’s not all doom and gloom though, as there is a benefit of wet surfaces on the road: oil is more visible. Oil provides treacherous conditions whether the roads are wet or dry, but oil patches are certainly easier to spot as you may be able to see the rainbow-coloured finish of oil against water.

Remember that safety should be of paramount importance when riding your motorbike, so only do so if you feel comfortable enough.

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