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Riding a motorcycle in the rain in India can be a challenging experience, as the country experiences monsoon seasons with heavy rainfall in many regions. However, with proper preparation and precautions, it is possible to ride safely in the rain. Here are some tips to consider:
Wear appropriate gear: Invest in a good-quality motorcycle raincoat or waterproof riding gear that will keep you dry. Make sure your helmet has a visor or goggles to maintain visibility. After a point, all-weather gear will cease to work, so be prepared to feel cold and damp for extended periods of time.
Remember, a hot bath awaits you back home.
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Check your motorcycle: Ensure that your motorcycle is in good condition before riding in the rain. Check the tires for proper tread depth and inflation, test the brakes, and ensure the lights and indicators work correctly. Tyres, lights and brakes are crucial, but you need to make sure there's no visible rust on contact surfaces.
Slow down and maintain distance: Roads can become slippery during rain, so reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. This will give you more time to react to any sudden changes or hazards.
Everyone's trying to get home safe.
Be smooth and gentle: Avoid sudden acceleration, braking, or sharp turns, as they can lead to loss of control on wet surfaces. Make all movements smooth and gradual. Over-rev and under-gear. Use as much engine braking as possible. This is crucial because everyone, and I mean everyone has as much difficulty braking as you do.
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Increase visibility: Turn on your motorcycle's headlights and taillights, even during the day, to improve visibility for yourself and other road users. If you're not a #JUGNOORIDER, use reflector jackets and 3M hi-vis tape.
It's your time to shine. Your life depends on it.
Watch out for hazards: Be cautious of potential hazards such as potholes, puddles, and oil slicks, which can be more dangerous in rainy conditions. Stay alert and scan the road ahead for any obstacles. Potholes can popup suddenly, so stay loose.
Those deadlifts will come in handy.
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Use brakes cautiously: Apply the brakes gently and evenly to avoid skidding. Remember that it may take longer to stop on wet roads, so maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
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Be aware of hydroplaning: If you encounter deep water on the road, try to avoid it. Riding through standing water at high speeds can cause hydroplaning, where your motorcycle loses traction with the road surface. If you must ride through water, go at a slow and steady pace, keeping your feet on the footpegs to maintain balance. Tyre life is crucial, and it's good practice to get a new set just before the rainy season.
Take breaks if necessary: If the rain becomes too heavy or the conditions become unsafe, look for a safe spot to pull over and wait for the rain to subside. It's better to prioritize your safety and wait for improved conditions.
If it's you versus Mother Nature, you will lose. Always.
Remember, riding in the rain requires extra caution and attentiveness. Assess the weather conditions and your comfort level before deciding to ride in the rain. Follow LRMC on Instagram. Want to ride with us? Click here to join.
About the author
Hi, I am Adreesh Ghoshal. I love Manna Dey, Mutton Keema, and Motorcycles equally. Sometimes, it's hard to choose. Follow here.