Rocky’s Harley-Davidson Remind Riders of Seasonal Safety Measures Amidst Falling Temperatures
Fall is here, and temperatures are “falling” – but that doesn’t mean the end of riding season! Here are some tips to stay warm, and safe, when riding in cooler autumn weather.
London, ON – October 18, 2018
In fall we often experience cooler mornings and evenings, with warm afternoons. If you are going on a motorcycle trip or know you’re going to be on the road for a long time, be sure to pack extra clothing and dress in layers including a base layer and gear liner. A leather motorcycle jacket not only acts as a layer of protection in the event of a collision, but it will keep you sheltered from the wind and keep you warm. It’s also a good idea to be prepared and bring any rain gear.
Wet and dry leaves
As beautiful as the leaves are during this time of year, they can also be dangerous to motorcycle riders. Wet leaves from the rain can be slippery, while dry leaves can cover any potholes or any additional conditions.
“As the leaves begin to accumulate on the roadway they can be very slick. Whether wet or dry, driving through stacks of leaves can reduce traction, making it difficult to stop. A simple reduction of speed and awareness can make all the difference.” says SGT HARDING,Traffic Management Unit, London Police Services, October 2018
When riding on the outskirts of London or Ontario’s rural roads, there’s a strong probability you will spot some wildlife. This time of year is usually deer season which means there’s a chance you’ll see a deer darting across the road. As a motorcycle rider, don’t swerve to avoid the deer. Instead, brake hard until the potential collision with the animal has passed. Deer also tend to travel in herds, if you spot one deer there might be a few more in the area.
Shortage of daylight
With the days getting shorter, there’s only so much riding time left. During this time of year, the sun is lower on the horizon, and the sun glare is stronger. There are also changing sunrise and sunset times in the fall. Adjust your speed and travel times accordingly.
“Even though it’s not quite winter yet, morning frost and icy patches can still appear on the roads, especially in shaded areas. Slippery black ice can also make an appearance during your ride and can be tough to spot. Be extra cautious on wet and damp days.” says Jeff Duncan, General Manager of Rocky’s Harley-Davidson
We’re fortunate to live in parts of Ontario that experience such a picturesque transformation in the fall - it’s a favorite time for motorcycle riders to plan a bike trip or ride to the cottage. Before you heed the call of the open road, perform a maintenance check to make sure your bike is in good condition and watch the weather forecast.
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At Rocky’s Harley-Davidson, we fulfill dreams of personal freedom – it’s our purpose, and we take it seriously. And while freedom means different things to different people, it’s a bond that brings Harley-Davidson customers, employees, dealers and enthusiasts together.
Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders come from diverse backgrounds. What all riders have in common regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity is they are all freedom-loving, adventure-seeking individuals who aspire to the values Harley-Davidson stands for – independence, authenticity, and the passion for being on the open road. For more than 60 years, Rocky’s Harley-Davidson has been selling and servicing one of the world’s most recognized brands and consecutively recognized as Canadian Retailer of the Year for 4 years running - right here in London, ON.
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