5 Crucial Tips For Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

5 Crucial Tips For Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

Riding bikes in winter is tough. Not many bikers dare to use their bikes during the cold weather season due to fear of catching a cold or slipping on the road because of snow.

But not everyone is deterred by the cold weather and many actually attempt to ride their bikes even in snow–risking a lot just to have more thrill and excitement. Above all, riding a bike in winter can really give you an advantage over others to move swiftly on the roads and streets compared to cars and other vehicles.

If you want to enjoy bike riding during the winter, below are some crucial tips for safe riding through cold weather.


1) Drive Slowly

Bikers are always in a hurry while riding on the road. During the winter season, in most cities, the roads are layered with ice, making it a tough task for bikers to enjoy the riding.

The accelerator is always kept at the swing, but during the winter season, it’s better to drive in a controlled manner. You should maintain a reasonable speed to avoid skitting over a layer of ice.

Above all, make sure you drive at a speed where you can control your bike easily or you risk falling or slipping on the road, causing injuries to yourself and possibly others.


2) Maintain Warmth Under Layers

It is always important to keep yourself warm. Use of leather jackets is a must and you should also use gloves and other accessories.

Leather motorcycle jackets are recommended for the winter season as they work as an insulator. To keep the fun and thrill alive while riding, always cover your body with jackets to keep your body warm.

It is also often recommended to keep the bike at room temperature and parked in a garage to make sure ice does not cover the wheels. This will prevent the bike from slipping.


3) See Driving Signals in Advance

While riding on a foggy road, the visibility becomes the uttermost issue.

You need to activate your fog lamp prior to starting the bike so that you can see any signal easily and also have clear visibility. Maintaining clear visibility helps you to not only see who is coming from the opposite direction but will also help you to properly decide your course of action as you drive from one point to another.

4) Service Your Motorcycle

Before starting your journey, make sure your motorcycle or bike is properly serviced and well-maintained, especially if you are going for a long ride.


Check tire air pressure, oil filter, engine oil and other essentials before you start the journey. If you are planning to go on a long ride, your whole experience depends on how good your bike is serviced.

During cold weather, the engine needs time to ignite and for a quick start, the bike ignition system must be cleaned and serviced by a professional mechanic.

5) Don’t Be a Superhero, If Snow Starts, Rest At Home

Even if you are a die-hard fan of motorcycle riding, don’t neglect the weather condition completely. If snow starts falling, it’s better to return to your home and wait until it ends. It would be an act of foolishness to become a superhero and move out of your home to ride your bike in severe winter.

Above are some really simple but do-able tips on how to avoid getting injured in winter and still enjoy the riding during the season. Always remember that if you can properly cover the risks, you can enjoy what you want. Focus on your goal and take calculated risks while driving during the winter.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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