Riding a motorcycle in Winter happens for a variety of reasons. For some of us, the lack of a car or car license makes it a necessity. Scottie went through almost 20 years relying solely on two-wheeled transport, come rain, wind, sleet and snow. For others, it’s still worthwhile to avoid the endless traffic jams and the joys of public transport. But it isn’t all doom and gloom when the days get shorter, especially if you do it right.
Good Reasons to Ride in Winter:
- A dry, sunny Winter day is awesome. A dry, sunny Christmas day is even better, as most car drivers (And law enforcement operatives) seem to either be in front of the TV or in the pub. Which means empty roads away from town centres.
- You’ll still be sharp come Spring, rather than spending the first couple of weeks getting used to being back on a bike.
- You’ll also build up a good feeling of smug superiority over fair weather riders, and endless tales of Winter riding to bore them with when you speak to them.
- Winter Hacks: A chance to pick up something different and cheap, and then abuse it.
- Winter kit: It gets better, and cheaper every year.
- You might have to be a bit more careful, but you’ll still get there faster without having to worry about traffic jams.