Get ready for fall riding on your motorcycle

As the colder weather moves in, motorcyclists are going to start to have to change some of the ways that they prepare for rides. Making sure that they are ready to ride can help to keep them protected. If you are planning to head out on your motorcycle in the upcoming months, keep these points in mind:

Double check your motorcycle to make sure that it is ready to ride in the colder weather. You need to check the tire pressure to ensure that it is at a suitable level for the rides that are coming. Look at the tread on each tire to find out if it is still deep enough for fall riding.

Dress for the cooler temperatures. You should layer your clothing so that you can take off or put on clothing as necessary when the temperature fluctuates. Remember that you still need to wear safety gear, such as a helmet and other motorcycle gear.

Watch out for falling leaves. Many drivers don't pay any attention to leaves on the roadway. For motorcycles, these leaves can make it hard to steer if they are slick. Piles of leaves are usually best avoided if at all possible.

Remember that other drivers on the road might not think that motorcyclists will be out in the cooler weather. They might not watch for motorcyclists. This can be a very big risk to the bikers who are enjoying the open road now.

For bikers who are injured in a crash with a car, seeking compensation from that driver is often necessary. This can help you pay costly medical bills and cover other expenses that are related to the crash.

Source: Sound Rider, "10 Tips for Fall Motorcycle Touring," accessed Oct. 27, 2017

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