The southern and southeastern regions of the country usually face low temperatures with the arrival of winter. This colder weather becomes a challenge for the well-being of the motorcyclist, who needs to face the cold air daily while riding the motorcycle. To have more comfort, iCbras has gathered 5 tips to protect yourself from the cold while riding your motorcycle.
1. Wear suitable cold weather clothing.
Those who use a motorcycle as a means of transportation know that cold days can generate significant discomfort while riding. However, this is just a small problem when considering that the lack of warmth in the body affects the nervous system, impacting our reflexes.
And it’s easy to understand how this happens: on cold days, our body directs blood circulation to vital organs, such as the heart and lungs, causing less blood to reach the extremities.
Thus, without the necessary sensitivity, the fingers may not be able to grip the brake with the same efficiency, and the feet may not provide the stability required for steering.
All of this can be avoided by wearing suitable clothing for motorcycle riding. Jackets, pants, and shirts, especially those with thermal insulation, can keep your body warm, allowing the circulatory system to operate fully.
Using gloves to protect hands exposed to the wind is also essential. On very cold days, it’s advisable to wear a wool glove under a leather glove, which is quite popular among motorcyclists.
2. Make use of the plastic trunk to carry extra clothes.
Take advantage of the plastic trunk to carry extra clothes.
To avoid miscalculating the number of jackets and ending up feeling cold throughout the day, make it a habit to carry an extra sweater with you, which can be easily accommodated inside the motorcycle’s plastic trunk.
All models of iCbras trunks have ample space to transport everything you need. Made of HDPE, it is extremely resistant to adverse weather conditions. Thus, if it rains, there is no risk of getting the inside of the trunk wet.
To save space in the trunk, you can rely on thermal pieces, which are compact and still have good heating capacity. This way, if it gets cold, just stop the motorcycle and put on the extra clothes.
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3. Rain protection
Riding a motorcycle in the cold is already a challenge, and the experience can be even more uncomfortable with rain or fog. Without proper protection, the rider may end up with wet clothes, which is not good for health.
When riding a motorcycle, the rider’s thermal sensation is 10°C lower than that of someone standing still. With wet clothes, this sensation is intensified, making it difficult for the body to stay warm.
Therefore, it is worth investing in a rain cover for use on days when the weather is not so pleasant. Once again, the plastic motorcycle trunk will be a great ally, allowing you to carry the cover without having to leave home already wearing it.
4. Clothing that protects the motorcycle in the cold
In some regions of Brazil, cold days last for a good part of the year. If this is your case, consider equipping your motorcycle with accessories capable of offering thermal insulation.
Naked-style motorcycles can accommodate an accessory called a windshield, which acts as a windscreen, significantly reducing the impact of the wind on the rider.
For Trail-type motorcycles, the protection is slightly reduced, but riders can have more comfort by using handguards.
An extra benefit of these guards is that they are also useful for sunny days, preventing the rider from having to touch the hot handlebars of the motorcycle after hours in the sun.
5. Be careful when riding
Finally, the last tip to protect yourself from the cold while riding a motorcycle is to exercise extra caution in your driving.
Even if you manage to keep your body warm with the suggestions presented earlier, the road can hide risks that an inattentive motorcyclist may end up facing.
Before speeding off with your motorcycle, pay attention to the road, especially in the early hours of the morning. The nighttime dew, combined with low temperatures, can turn into a thin layer of ice in winter, increasing the risk of slipping.
If possible, leave home a little later on days when the cold is present.
Thus, with the right clothing, protective equipment, and careful attention to the road, winter on a motorcycle won’t be so uncomfortable.