Motorcycle Wind Temperature Guide
Riding in the Spring & Fall can offer some challenges, in my opinion these two seasons in West Virginia require a bit more of a seasoned rider, or just a more conscientious rider. Here’s the thing, in the Fall we have the rut for one thing, there are deer EVERYWHERE, darting across the road and creating some serious hazards. There are leaves and pine needles that create slippery or hidden dangers. Then in the Spring we have the potential for heavy rains creating some cross road rock/sand that generally shows up at the end of a good turn or twisty, causing for some quick action.
BUT, even beyond those hazards that are serious enough, there is the temperature. I have been caught more than once with a jacket too heavy or too light, forgotten gloves, only my sunglasses and no goggles, beanie helmet and no full face, etc, etc. All sorts of problems. These can be really serious, dangerous in some cases where a rapid weather change can make for a soggy, cold, or just miserable ride home.
Keep these things in mind when hitting the road, remembering that wind chill at road speeds are significant.
Last, don’t forget your passenger, similar to my forgetting critical gear, passengers often don’t realize what they will need in these seasons and it never hurts to have extra gloves, goggles and a few heat packs on hand just in case. Better a happy passenger because you thought ahead, than a hearty argument that might last for days!
Happy riding @WVBikersRide
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