The monsoon has started and brings excitement to many bikers as they love riding a motorcycle in the rain. But you need to know the limitations of your bike and you should take some precautions too. Remember to be extra cautious to ride a bike in the rain and take special care of your motorcycle too. Otherwise, the motorbike may break down at any moment and you will be in trouble. Riding a motorcycle on a wet road in the rain is more challenging than riding a motorcycle on a bumpy road in the dry season. Additionally, your bike requires some extra care during this time of the year. If you don’t take care of the motorcycle on a rainy day, you can get into a dangerous situation. So, here we are with some tips that will help you.
Who likes to sit on a wet seat? No one! So, if you are not riding the bike then don’t keep it in the rain. Cover it or park it in a shed or waterproof bike cover. If a motorcycle is parked outside and it rains, water gets deposited in various parts which can lead to long-term issues such as rusting and electric failures.
During the monsoon season, the roads become so slippery. It is important to keep your tires in proper shape. If the rubber has worn out, you should replace it before riding in the rainy season. To test your motorcycle’s tires, you can insert a coin in the groves and check the depth. The minimum depth of the tread should be more than two millimeters to get a decent grip on a wet road. The tire pressure is also of equal importance in providing better grip.
In the rain, the engine can get stuck when the motorcycle gets wet for a long time. As a result, the motorcycle does not start. Moreover, the machine’s electric system can get wet in the rain. Many times, in rainwater the electric system becomes short-circuited and then the bike does not start. To solve this problem, you should not ride a bike in the rain as much as possible. It is particularly important to take care of the engine so that it does not get wet while riding the bike in the rain.
To prevent rusting, you should clean your motorcycle every day after the ride. In the rainy season mud and muck is common and stick to the motorcycle. Layers of mud will hold water in it and would result in fast rusting of the exposed parts. You don’t need to dry off your bike. Just spray water and wipe off the mud on tires, rims, foot stand, basically, everywhere you see mud.
Whatever you do, do NOT let the chain dry out. Keep it well lubricated so that rain doesn’t get on the surface of the chain. With Shell’s innovative PurePlus Technology and Active Cleansing Technology, Shell Advance helps you get the most out of your bike so that you can enjoy every ride.
During the rain, the brakes are affected the most and can lose their efficiency. So, before going on a ride check your motorcycle’s brakes. If you have a disc brake, try to keep the disc clean.
Check up your motorcycle regular basis. A regular check-up can keep your motorcycle in shape. If you timely service your motorcycle, then you don’t have to spend much time on the inspection.
During monsoon, your motorcycle headlights might get ruined because of rainwater. So please do check the headlights each time before you hit the road.
Your safety is more important than your motorcycle. When you are safe, you can protect your motorcycle. So, whenever you go for a ride during rain (or other seasons) please wear a helmet to protect your head from an unexpected accident. Good quality hand gloves for a good grip, and a raincoat to avoid getting a cold are also essential
If you follow the tips above, you will not just protect your bike against the dangers of monsoon, but also enjoy a good bike ride in the beautiful weather. Happy riding!