Wet weather motorcycle riding tips

Wet weather motorcycle riding tips

Tips for motorcyclists riding on wet roads.

Wet weather motorcycle riding tips

Wet weather motorcycle riding tips - the pro’s might make it look easy but riding a motorcycle on wet roads presents many new challenges.

Wet weather poses a whole range of challenges for all road users, especially for those who are on two wheels.

Mark Lewis is the director of standards at the road safety organisation - AIM, after 37 years on a motorcycle, he says riding safe in wet weather is all about being patient and extra cautious.

“Riders must make their actions on a bike as smooth and as predictable as possible. They must not assume that anyone driving a vehicle has seen them or can work out what they will do next.

“By following these guidelines, you will have a safe and stress-free ride to your destination – whatever the weather!”

Motorcycle wet weather riding tips from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM):

  • Always begin with pre-ride checks of tyres, lights and lubricant. Too little tread, sidewall damage and low pressure could each contribute to sudden loss of grip or tyre failure which could bring a bike down.
  • If you have an older motorcycle without automatic headlights, don’t forget to switch your lights.
  • Make all your inputs; whether steering, braking or acceleration as smooth as you can. There is only a set amount of grip available for the tyres, so make all changes in acceleration, steering and braking smooth, progressive ones.
  • You should keep your visor clean and if you don’t have a pin lock system, ensure it is treated with a fog-resistant product.
  • Be aware that visibility will be seriously reduced when travelling on busy roads due to spray.
  • Anticipate that you may not have been seen by other road users and plan accordingly. Reduced visibility may increase blind spot areas for other motorists – consider your positioning to be seen.
  • It might sound obvious, but make sure you stay as dry as possible. Old leaky clothing will sap your heat, strength and concentration.
  • Be extra careful at roundabouts, near petrol station forecourts and on newly laid tarmac for oil on the road. Oil will sit above the water and is not always visible.
  • Take extreme care when riding over standing water. You have no idea how deep it may be or what may be below the surface. Grip the bars firmly and try to keep the machine as upright as possible. Remember to try your brakes after exiting deep water and periodically in wet conditions.

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Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder, editor and managing director of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.