Captain Crash has been been making videos to help motorcyclists improve their skills for over half a decade. He’s also written a couple books about it. Don’t let the name fool you, Crash is a great guy to learn from. His videos are informative, encouraging, and upbeat. In this video, the good Captain shares tips on how to ride a motorcycle in the rain.
For the video, Crash not only goes out for a ride in the rain, but he takes Ms. Crash on the back seat along with him, to hit up some of the twisty hills of Whoknowswhere. Along the way the duo come across buffalo, prompting Crash’s first lesson:
When it comes to rain, we often think of the loss of traction as a number one concern, and while Crash agrees that this is an issue, he also points out that visibility becomes difficult for everyone, and that this can as dangerous of a threat as slippery surfaces are.
Crash offers his own advice to teach you how to ride a motorcycle in the rain, including pulling over and letting the faster guys go ahead of you. Don’t let your ego get the better of you, or your pride will kill you. If you aren’t comfortable, pull over.
To help keep your visor clear without taking your hands off of the handlebar, you can turn your head, and let the natural air passing over from your motorcycle’s forward moment blow the water beads away. Alternatively, look for products such as motorcycle gloves with squeegees built in, and motorcycle anti-fog products that can help you with your visibility.
Of couse, the standard caution on how to ride a motorcycle in the rain applies: leave a little extra space, and remember that everything already slippery, like steel grates, is going to be even more slippery. Continue looking well ahead, and you may want to slow down a bit. Be sure not to make any fast movements, but don’t be afraid either. Last but not least, rain gear can help you keep focused and calm, which will help you stay safe.
Let’s review how to ride a motorcycle in the rain:
- Be mindful that you’ll have less traction
- Remember that the reduced visibility can be just as dangerous
- If you need to slow down, slow down
- If you feel like pulling over, that’s alright too
- Looking sideways can help you keep the water off of your visor
- Special motorcycle gear and anti-fog products never hurts
- Remember everything slippery is even more slippery
- Keep looking way ahead
- Most of all, don’t be afraid, but don’t make any brash movements either
And now for the video:
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