Winter in Canada can be brutal. In fact, most people think that riding a motorcycle in Canada during winters is impossible even if you plan it properly. However, if you are a true adventure enthusiast at heart, you know how to ride a motorcycle and you are up for a challenge, this can be the next best thing on your adventure list. We have seen people riding in Canadian winters and it is safe to say that it has to be one of the most daring yet fun experiences. The temperature in Canada usually drops up to -14 degrees in some regions making it hard to pass through dry crusty layers of snow on a two-wheeler.
With the help of this article, we will help you know how you can beat the extreme Canadian cold while riding your motorcycle. We will mention some common mistakes along with some inexpensive gears to pack and some simple tips that you can use for keeping yourself warm during the journey.
What Happens Without Appropriate Gear?
In most cases, people try to get appropriate gears but they feel once they are out on the road they might not feel so cold. Eventually, they end up on the road without proper equipment which causes numbness, shivering, exhaustion, lethargy, and stiffness. Sometimes the body gets numb and you feel like you are unable to move your hands and feet properly. To avoid all these things, make sure you are wearing a thermal layer under your clothes. Apart from thermal layers and clothing, you also need to wear a thick and warm motorcycle jacket that can help you keep cozy during your ride. You also need some hand warmers, gloves, and extra coverage for your ear and neck. Apart from this, wear a helmet that has ventilation so you can avoid the foggy mirror that will affect your view.
Help Your Motorcycle
Just like you need to stay warm, your motorcycle also needs some equipment that will help you during the journey. One of the main things that you need is antifreeze. Make sure to keep a fresh batch of antifreeze with you so you can help your engine.
Apart from the engine, use good quality tires with thick rubber soles designed for extreme winters. These tires have grooves that offer better grip on crusty old layers of ice.
While riding, try to avoid salt because it will not only impact the friction and road grip, it will also facilitate rust. To have better road grip, reduce the speed so you can drive easily.
To sum it all up, most people end up relying heavily on jackets and thick covering which restricts their movement. Eventually, when they get on the motorcycle they can only move their hands a little because their elbows and shoulders are stuck in the pile of fleece. Make sure you have something that is safe and offers you a lot of room for movement. Another important thing is to invest in good quality safety equipment and plan your journey before leaving. This will save you a lot of headaches and you will be able to beat the cold with appropriate gear.