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Spring Motorcycle Riding: Preparing for the Open Road


Jake T · March 26, 2024

As the grip of winter loosens its hold and the promise of warmer days are upon us, motorcyclists everywhere are preparing for the return to the open road. Whether you're a seasoned rider eager to feel the wind in your face once again or a newcomer who has just passed their CBT ready to embrace the thrill of a new adventure for the first time, spring offers the perfect opportunity to explore the world on two wheels. 

However, before you embark on your springtime rides, there are several essential steps to take to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey and at RideTo we’re here to help.

Motorcycle Maintenance After Winter Storage:

After spending the winter months tucked away in the garage or storage unit, your motorcycle may need some attention to get it back into peak condition for spring riding.

Start off by giving your motorcycle a comprehensive clean to remove any dirt, grime, or salt buildup accumulated during winter storage. Whilst you're cleaning it's a good opportunity to have a thorough inspection, checking for any signs of wear, corrosion, or damage. 

Pay particular attention to the key areas such as the tyres, brakes, and fluids. Check the tyre pressure and tread depth, ensuring they're within safe limits for riding. Inspect the brake pads and fluid levels, and top up or replace them as needed. 

If you’re unsure where to start, we have created a beginners guide to motorcycle maintenance which will take you through the process step by step as well as pointing you in the direction of some of the gear you may need.  

Gearing up for Spring:

Spring weather can be unpredictable, with sunny skies one moment and sudden showers the next. To stay comfortable and protected during your rides, it's essential to dress appropriately and invest in quality riding gear. 

Start with a good motorcycle jacket and trousers, textiles are probably your best bet if theres a chance you might be caught in the rain. Layer up with moisture-wicking base layers and insulating mid-layers to regulate your body temperature in changing weather conditions. 

If your standard gear doesn't offer a waterproof layer then it’s definitely worth investing in a rain suit or some waterproofs. These can fold up tightly and be easily stored on the bike or in your backpack. 

When the rain is coming down, it often makes visibility poor so we always recommend having some variety of high viz available if you don't already ride in one. The Bright H Belt is great to quickly chuck on if needed. 

Of course you should always have a quality helmet, gloves and boots to ensure you’re protected at all times. 

How to Ride In Changing Conditions:

It's easy to see the longer days and the appearance of the daffodils as a sign that spring is in full flow and often motorcyclists (of all experiences)  can get a little giddy when getting back on the road and often get carried away.

If this isn't your first year of riding, just remember that chances are, you haven't ridden in a while and you will be a little rusty. If its your first time out on the road then it's vital that you’re prepared for the weather conditions to change and to change very quickly. One moment you're surrounded by blue skies and sunshine, the next it's absolutely tipping it down and you’re drenched to your core. 

Not only is this uncomfortable but the change in conditions can be very hazardous. Navigating safely becomes even more critical for motorcyclists. Reduce your speed and increase your following distance to allow for greater stopping distances on wet roads. 

Be mindful of slippery surfaces such as painted road markings, metal grates, and manhole covers, which can become exceptionally slick when wet. 

Take it easy when cornering or braking, as wet roads reduce traction and increase the risk of skidding or sliding. Stay alert and scan the road ahead for hazards, adjusting your speed and riding style accordingly to maintain control and stability.

Its also worth pointing out that other road users wont have seen many bikes on the road for the last 4-5 months so be prepared to not be seen and really listen to what your spidey senses are telling you. If you dont think someone can see you, chances are they cant so try to limit your risk by taking your time when manoeuvring. 

As you prepare to embark on your springtime motorcycle adventures, prioritize safety above all else. By performing routine maintenance, wearing appropriate riding gear, and employing strategies for navigating wet road conditions, you can enjoy a season of thrilling rides with confidence and peace of mind. So dust off your motorcycle, gear up, and get ready to experience the freedom and excitement that only motorcycle riding can provide as you explore the wonders of springtime on the open road. Safe travels!

This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.