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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 July 5, 2019

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out. When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.

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Why should you always be yourself?

Because you will:

  1. Live in alignment with your values and beliefs. Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking. When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.
  2. Establish your own identity. When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are. There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.
  3. Build courage. It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy. It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.
  4. Establish boundaries. When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know. But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you. Create and establish your boundaries.
  5. Find focus and direction. When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations. Do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so. When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.

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Featured photo credit: María Victoria Heredia Reyes via unsplash.com

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