Are you a Scooterist leaving around Gotham, New York City? Are you stuck on how to ride your machine in the rugged winters?
WORRY NO MORE
The moment you have the right gear; then winter is not a hindrance to your passion.
What is the right gear for riding during winter?
Before we even look at that it is important to get the facts and figures about the Winter season in New York City, US.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the winters last for at least three months which is from the Month of December to February. Imagine staying indoors without riding your scooter for such a long time.
The temperatures range from -2 to 5 Degrees Celsius during the winter months. Who can even imagine going out for a motorcycle ride with these extremely low temperatures?
Almost 30 percent of the US population stays indoors; if not they plan their holidays to warmer areas just to escape the cold weather. If the later is not an option then you need to prepare your motorcycle for the upcoming events.
With these freezing levels, it is therefore important to plan your routes.
The same way you take care of your body, similarly, you also need to have the right protection for your Scooter.
For this, you need to get an expert to give you all the advice to maintain the scooter even for the warmer months. Among some of the reminders, you need to look into in this harsh weather include
- Winter warning signs from the weatherman
- Motorcycle winter additions and storage
- Weather hazards within your route map
- Damaged roads
- Other riders using the routes
Why is it important to have protective gear in Winter Motorcycle Riding?
When we talk of the protective gear we mean- the clothing for all the body parts from head to toe. This is not an option. In fact in New York City; it is a traffic offense to ride a motorcycle without the right gear like helmet, reflector jackets, and boots among others.
It is not just for your own safety but also for the safety of other road users too.
The winter months are associated with fog and snow which limits one’s vision. Why endanger other road users just because of your ignorance?
It is therefore important, for example, to have a reflective jacket as a sign of your presence on the road. Other reasons why it is vital to have a protective gear include
- Freedom of cycling on the streets with no fear
- It saves one’s life
- You avoid being on the wrong side of the law
- Enhances one’s comfort
- Prevents fatal road accidents
Whether you are riding on the remote parts of New York City or just within Gotham area; the following are the most important protective gear for NYC winter motorcycling
5 best clothing for winter rides in NYC
It is fun to take a ride as a group to enhance the team spirit. You will notice that you will ride longer distances than expected despite the rough winters. A scooter club will be the best organization to join to exercise your skills at this time of the year.
You will not only make friends but also learn what protective gear works for them.
The FIVE mandatory clothing for our scooters include
The head houses the brain and that is the engine of the body. This is the body part that regulates all the body functions.
This explains the reason why you need to invest in the best helmet with the following features to protect you during an inevitable fall or accidents while on the streets with snow.
- Inner insulation to regulate the temperature
- Transparent shield to enhance vision
- Rear spoiler to add a layer of shield to prevent high winds during high speeds
- Stylish to be fashionable on the road
A helmet comes in handy to ensure that during a fall on the sharp ice, your head remains intact. Have you watched a motorcycle accident scene and wonder how the rider survived?
The answer all lies in the type of helmet. You do not just need a helmet, but you have to make sure that it is well-fitting to enhance your comfort. It should not be too tight or too loose.
From the head then we move to the upper part of the body. This is the part that houses most of the body organs including the lungs that are most affected by the cold weather.
You need a leather jacket but specifically with an inner warmer lining to act as an insulator against the cold temperatures.
The winter rides are only fun when you are comfortable. You need to get a well-fitting jacket with a polo neck to cover the neck. If you still feel you need a layer of warmth then a round-up shawl will serve the purpose.
A jacket is essential in winter motorcycling.
The hands are the parts that are most exposed to the cold. Moreover, this is the part that controls the motorcycle. The gloves that we recommend are also made of silicone on the outer part but woolen lining on the inner parts for warmth.
The other main features to check when getting a glove is the
- Silicone texture to enhance grip
- Touch screen compatibility
Why silicone material? – It has a minimal sliding effect to enhance grip during turmoil on the rough ice.
4. Warm pants
A warm pant is a protective gear that we recommend for the lower part of the body. The issue of gender takes a center stage here. Fashion is not overlooked among our scooters. We need to see you and identify you through your sense of fashion from the pants you wear.
Warmth and comfort are paramount when it comes to the choice of the best pant for winter motorcycling. After all, a scooterist is one of the most fashionable motorcyclists known globally.
Finally, we are on the legs. This covers the feet and the knees. Take note: this is what gives you the grip on the stand as you navigate. Just like driving, you need to have boots designed for motorcycling.
As you look for these parameters, you need to understand the type of material which determines the weight. Too much weight reduces your grip rate and the ability to fast navigate especially during an emergency.
It is evident that protective gear mostly involves clothing. What you need not forget as you shop around are the cleaning instructions? ( A tag at the back or side of any clothing). Manufacturers set the standard on the type of water that you need to use. Do you need soft water or hard water? In case it is soft water and you have hard water then you have options on what you to do to maintain the set standard.