Winter is over (almost) and our favorite season of riding, summer has started. Gone are the days of wearing heavy jackets and trousers and what not! Before you start you bike in boxer and t shirt, remember, safety is the first thing before riding. And yes, summer riding means wearing riding gears such as jackets, boots, pants and full visor helmet (preferred). And the no liquor while you drive is still applicable here. Nope, not even a can of beer.
But there are plenty of other advice in the sleeves for you people. So, go on and have a full on masti but after you know few things here.
Always plan your trips.
Unplanned trips are best for memories but it might not be that good for riding. Especially summer events have long road trips which could be better if you plan your route, your stops and check points. This includes the stop for fueling too. And don’t think that few extra hours of sunlight can help you cover extra miles. Cover a range of 300-400 km per day, maximum of 500 km for our road.
Be fully protected.
Just because it is summer and you do not want to perspire under the thick jacket and body armor does not mean it is the way to go. Safety is prime concern and just because of perspiration, don’t leave the protective gear. Remember, safety beats comfort.
Yeah! Everybody knows that. Just so, remember in summer that you sweat! Your body fluid and salt empties by sweating and peeing. You may feel pretty drained. So, stay hydrated by allowing small breaks for water and snacks from time to time.
Get your bike checked out and serviced.
Does anybody want their bike to break down in middle of the journey? Obviously no! That is why, get your bike serviced and if necessary change engine oil, brake oil and coolants. Check the brakes and tires too. The brake pads might have worn out and the tire could have lost its grip too.
Get breaks in the trip.
Everything requires break. Even your motorbike requires time to cool off. Most of the 200 cc and above bikes come with oil and liquid cooling but that is not enough for them to cool down. Even the rubber requires to cool down once in a while. Have a break, eat a kit Kat or a cup of tea. Let the beast take a quick cool down. And it’s more of a concern if the bike is air cooled.
Never fill your tank to the top.
Yep! But it’s kind of silly right? Going for a long trip and not filling the tank full? But there is a reason to it. In summer, the temperature is high and petrol tends to expand in the closed tank. Long story short, might occur the Note 7 fiasco, this time with your bike. Leave some space for the fuel to expand. Better safe than to be sorry right?
And plan as early as possible.
Less stress when you start early. Less traffic on the road. And considering the road condition, you want the road as empty as possible. And it is pleasant to have air flowing around you than getting stuck on the road.
So, if I have missed anything, let me know or add up.