Rain Alert: Ride Like A Pro
I have ridden in almost all conditions, from the mountains of Ladakh to the plains of Delhi, but the joy of riding a motorbike in rain is just surreal. However, you don’t need to go overboard while enjoying the ride and get yourself into trouble by bum rushing into the potholes or the surrounding vehicles. There are puddles which can be deeper than you can see on the surface. But I’m sure that you don’t wanna find out by going into it.
There are a lot of things that you need to take care of while riding a motorbike, but the most important of them all would be the riding gear. A pair of jeans and a tee could look cool in the movies, but not in real life. A proper rain-proof jacket, trousers and a pair of boots are must have.
You can rather stand on the brakes on a dry road. But when riding on wet roads, try to be more subtle. Use both brakes with light pressure and ease into stopping your machine. When the wheels get wet, it’s tough to stop them with abrupt braking. And if you grab a handful of the front brakes on slick roads, more often than not, you and your bike will go down.
In normal days, tyres are the most ignored part of a motorcycle. Rain is when you should care about your wheels. Check your vehicle for wear, defects, damage or deflation before getting on your motorbike. Try to use a bigger tyre for rear. Why? Because of the broader your contact patch, the better the chances of skimming through water.
Give yourself distance to slow down. Yes, apply the brakes easily and slow down before entering a corner. Rain is not the time to show your skills. When the traction goes liquid, caution needs to be your primary concern.
Go easy, boy. The traction control is lost on wet streets and the moisture in the air allows the grime and oil to rise above the surface of the road. This makes the road more slippery and the best thing to do is to go easy on the throttle. This is a concern in the higher-horsepower bikes, but returning home safely is more important.