Riding a motorcycle is one of the most exciting activities in life. You can plan all you want prior to a ride in Redondo Beach, but there are times when Mother Nature simply won’t cooperate. Although rain is much too rare here, it can come out of nowhere and ruin your ride. Here’s how to deal with an unexpected storm while on your motorcycle.
You only have two options when on your bike in the middle of a storm: Ride through it or wait out the storm. If you choose to ride through the storm, you need to be even more careful than you are when the conditions are dry and favorable for a ride.
Motorcycle tires are well-equipped to handle the rain. You just need to be less aggressive when it comes to making turns, watching your speed and accelerating. You also need to change how you bring your motorcycle to a stop. It’s safer to make a more drawn out, longer stop than to stop on a dime.
Aside from how you handle your motorcycle in the rain, you also need to be on the lookout for how other drivers react to the weather. They might drive extremely slowly in a downpour. They could pull to the side of the road. They may struggle with seeing in front of them. You need to be aware of your surroundings — and especially other drivers.
Motorcycle accidents in California are all too common. They are caused by vehicle drivers, other motorcyclists, bad weather and many other reasons. If you learn how to handle an unexpected storm when on your bike, you improve your chances of staying safe.