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Snow is odd stuff. It's quite cold, generally being at or below 0° Celsius, generally white, though a particularly cold snow can appear blue, and it has bulk.

Motorcycles and snow are not generally considered to mix.

If, and this is a big if, you NEED to ride in snow there are a number of things to consider:

1

You will get cold very quickly, so dress warmly, use electrically heated gloves, body warmers, or electric handlebar grips.

2

Make sure that you have some means to keep both the inside and outside of you helmet visor clear

3

Bulk up on warm, high calorie food it will be needed as you get cold.

3

Don't do anything that will cause you to sweat in your riding gear before riding, it could freeze to your skin - not nice

4

Don't wear cloths that will completely restrict your motion. You need to be able to move, readily.

5

Accelerate gently. Use high gears when travelling, reduce speed on the throttle as much as possible

6

The back wheel will spin, don't over react, don't panic, move your body weight to compensate.

7

Going down hills, the front will push, use the rear brake to cause a little drag.

8

On busy roads stick to the ruts carved by the cars, they are often free of the worst snow build up.

9

If you have to change lanes, be EXTREMELY careful, the snow between lanes is often compacted ice in large chunks that will cause front or rear wheels to skip sideways.

10

Remember that your front brake will stop the front wheel dead in snow, in an instant, use with incredible care.

11

Stop regularly. Warm up, don't push yourself.

12

Tell someone that you are leaving or coming, describe a probable route you will be taking.

13

It is possible to have fun and enjoy riding in snow, but it takes preparation, care and perpetual attention.


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