13 tips for safe and fun motorcycle riding in rain. 

Riding in rain has always been thrilling for me. Many riders avoid riding in rain because they think it’s too dangerous. For such riders, rains are a nightmare. But you know what? You don’t have to be that rider. I am not that rider, and I don’t want anyone to avoid riding motorcycles, just because it’s raining. 

So, I’m going to share some tips which you can follow for a safe and fun ride in rainy season.

Tip #1 

Don’t grab the brakes, squeeze them. 

First off, whether it’s raining or not, you must always squeeze the brakes instead of grabbing them. But squeezing becomes more important when it’s raining and you don’t want to fall. On slippery roads, the tyres are more likely to lock and skid if you grab them hard.

I’ve seen riders crashing badly just because they panicked and grabbed the brakes in rain. You don’t have to grab them and fall, you have to gently squeeze them and stop.

 

Tip #2 

Decrease the air pressure in tyres. 

 

When it’s raining, there’s less traction between the tyres and the road. And to compensate for that, you can reduce the air pressure in both the tyres. When you decrease the air pressure, the contact patch increases and tyres find traction on wet roads.

Tip #3

Watch out for rainbows on the road 

 

The colourful rainbows you see on the road are formed after oil mixes with water on the surface. These rainbows are really nasty and if you ride on them, your chances of skidding and crashing increases. Next time you see a rainbow on the road, you have to avoid it. Especially if it’s rainy.

Tip #4

Waterproof Yourself

Start by waterproofing your precious gadgets. Your phone, helmet camera (if you’re a M0T0 vlogger) power banks, and any other electronics you’re carrying. Invest in rain gear because when you cushion yourself against rain, you feel more confident and enjoy your ride.

Tip #5

Glide over potholes

Make it a habit to glide over potholes in general. And by that, I don’t mean that you have to intentionally ride over potholes. Avoid them when you can. But when you can’t, don’t break in panic. Let your motorcycle glide over potholes effortlessly.

I’ve seen many accidents occur, simply because riders brake in panic when they see a pothole. When you brake in a pothole, your chances of falling become high. There’s loose gravel, stones and there’s slush if it’s rainy. Braking in potholes is too big a risk to take.

Tip #6

Don’t be too sporty in the corners

You don’t have to be like the rider in the above picture if it’s raining. Being a calm rider is wise when the roads are wet. Don’t try to attack the corners because the contact patch decreases when you lean your bike, plus the roads are slippery due to water. Your bike can lose traction and you may even miss one of those oil rainbows. Enjoy cornering on a dry sunny day.

Tip #7

Turn on the hazard lights

Visibility decrease drastically when it’s raining heavily. Keep your hazard lights on when riding in the rain so that other drivers and riders can see you. Choose yellow light over white light when it’s rainy or foggy.

Tip #8

Keep distance from the vehicle in front of you

Whether it’s raining or not. you should generally keep distance from the vehicle in front of you. But when it’s raining, it becomes even more important because of less braking performance and visibility.

Tip #9

Ride in rains, not in thunderstorms

Please ensure that you’re riding in light to medium rainfall. Don’t be a hero and ride when it’s hailing. I find light rains great for enjoying motorcycle rides. Heavy rainfalls are not great for enjoying motorcycling and it sucks to get stuck in bad weather.

Tip #10

Keep the inside of you helmet dry

It’ll be irritating if the inside of your helmet gets wet. Trust me. It has happened with me and I wish I should’ve taken care. So my advice to you is, when you take a break, keep your helmet in a shaded dry area where it won’t get wet.

Tip #11

Keep your socks dry.

The second most irritating thing on a rainy day are wet socks. It is a mood killer for me, and I’m sure you also find it irritating. Invest in waterproof boots if possible, otherwise use a rain cover like this to stop the water from getting inside.

Tip #12

Don’t be too cautious!

The second most irritating thing on a rainy day are wet socks. It is a mood killer for me, and I’m sure you also find it irritating. Invest in waterproof boots if possible, otherwise use a rain cover like this to stop the water from getting inside.