Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year to ride a motorcycle. The crisp, cool weather makes wearing your protective gear more comfortable, and the sights of changing leaves are like no other. Here are some things to remember to keep you safe and comfortable on your fall ride.
Watch for Deer
For many areas the arrival of autumn means the rise in deer-automotive accidents. Factors such as crop harvesting, hunting, and mating season play a huge role in the movement of deer during fall. Take precautions such as avoiding riding at key movement times, usually dawn and dusk. If you must ride during these times, making sure you are constantly scanning the road for deer.
Dress for Success
Fall temperatures can be a gamble. The mornings and evenings tend to be cold, but the afternoons are often sunny and warm. If you plan on riding for a long period of time, dress in layers and pack rain gear in case you get caught in a storm. Dressing in layers allows you to be able to adjust what you are wearing with the temperature changes throughout the day, ensuring you are comfortable and focusing on your surroundings rather than being wet or cold.
Invest in Warm Riding Gear
Speaking of clothing, if you don’t already own cold-weather gear you should consider getting a few staple pieces. A cold-weather jacket and a pair of motorcycle gloves are two important pieces of gear you will want to have in your riding wardrobe for fall. We recommend a jacket that has both protective armor and is waterproof or water-resistant, such as the Vega Monarch Waterproof Textile Jacket. This jacket is abrasion-resistant and ideal for cooler weather. For a women’s jacket with similar features, we suggest the Vega Women’s Silhouette II Waterproof Textile Jacket.
When searching for gloves to wear during the cool days of fall, key features to look for include waterproof or water-resistance, warmth, and protective armor/reinforcement. We like the Alpinestars Oslo Drystar Textile Gloves because they are comfortable, protective, and provide warmth for when the temperature drops. For a women’s fit, the Alpinestars Stella Oslo Drystar Textile Gloves are also available.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but with the days getting shorter and the nights longer, taking steps to ensure you are visible to other motorists is essential. Read The Invisible Rider for tips on how to make yourself more visible to others on the road.
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