Winter motorcycling toolkit

UK road in winter

While some bikers use the cold winter months to give their bike a break, we’re firm believers that with the right gear, riding in winter is more than doable. It can even be enjoyable!

We’ve compiled some useful tips and videos to make sure your bike, clothing and riding skills are all winter-ready!

1) Give your bike a good clean if it’s been a while.

It not only looks better, but it also means that any damage or potential problems that you pick up could be easier to spot before they develop into something more serious.

2) Check your brakes, oil level and tyres (both tread and pressure).

It’s important all year round, but even more so when you’re going to be riding in potentially inclement weather conditions. There is also a myth floating around that reducing the pressure in your tyres gives you better grip. This is absolutely not true and can be dangerous, so we always advise to stick to the manufacturer’s pressure recommendations.

If it’s not something you’ve done before, watch our videos below for a quick how-to.

Motorcycle brake checks you can do at home

How to check your motorcycle’s oil levels

How to check your motorcycle tyre tread depth and pressure

3) Winter tyres are an option if you want to take it to the extreme.

If you’re likely to be biking in an area prone to regular snowfall or very icy conditions then this could be a good idea.

4) When it comes to winter riding kit, don’t snub the idea of heated motorcycle clothing or accessories.

They can actually make a huge difference to your comfort levels if you’re riding for a while in winter. Heated gloves can be especially useful, as numb hands when riding can be a real issue during the colder months.

5) It’s dark in winter

Don’t forget to dress for visibility if there is a danger of low light, fog or general poor visibility – so pretty much anytime from October to March!

Hi-vis clothing might not be the best look from a style sense, but it’s certainly better than being in an accident!

6) Don’t forget your visor.

Wearing a helmet which has a visor is a must when you’re dealing with wet conditions and gritted roads – and you’ll also probably need to wipe it regularly during the ride to maintain good visibility.

7) When you’re on the road.

General riding advice in winter includes allowing extra space between yourself and other vehicles, indicating early to give advance notice of your intentions and slowing down to allow for wet or slippery conditions. For more great tips, check out this our winter riding guide.