Monsoon, the long-awaited rains are finally here! It is a happy season since the showers are good for our vegetation and flowers to grow, right?
However, it is famous for messy roads, especially in the metropolitan cities.
If you are a biker, then this isn’t the best season for riding. As you all would agree, with rains in the way of your riding, air filters get clogged, slippery roads cause skidding, not to forget rusting and a hike in accidents.
So, we are here to help you keep ride as normal, just a little colder and wetter.
- Cover it properly
Make sure your ride is appropriately covered.
The covering is for when you leave your bike outside. Also, use a rain cover to protect it from any damage. Look for suitable parking spots that have shelter to wait out the rain.
Unless your motorbike has a fiber or anti-rust-material body, you need to apply a coat of anti-rust protection on it as metal is susceptible to rusting. It is advisable to get the coating done before the rainy season starts.
- Give your bike a Teflon coating
It is pretty unfamiliar since bikers who use it rarely recommend it to fellow riders until the dire need for it arises. Teflon coating is an alternative way to prevent water from damaging your motorbike. It causes raindrops to bounce or slide off of your bike. You can get a Teflon coating done at a garage or an authorized service center. It is affordable.
- Tire checks
Tires are a vital part of all motor-mobiles. Thus, their maintenance is a great deal. Before the onset of the monsoon season, ensure your two-wheeler’s tires are in good shape to handle slippery, muddy roads, and impromptu braking. You must replace any damaged tires promptly before your next ride. It will help reduce accidents on the road and hiccups on your bike’s running.
- Regular servicing of brakes
Another sensitive part of a two-wheeler, is the brake. You should check the front, and rear brakes often by a certified mechanic. Have the drum brakes cleaned thoroughly on the inside and the outside to ensure smooth performance. Disk brakes, on the other hand, need to be correctly aligned and adequately oiled using brake oil for smooth braking. Get brake pads checked and replace if need be to prevent hard braking, a significant cause of skidding on wet roads.
- Cleaning and lubricating motorbike chain
There is no telling the amount of dirt that accumulates on bike chains in the rainy season. These affect the bike’s movement, hence, the need for regular cleaning and lubrication. With proper cleaning and the right amount lubrication, bike chains move smoothly enhancing the overall performance of the bike. Thus, you can prevent road mishaps in the long run.
- Air-filter cleaning and tire pressure optimization
Rainy seasons get characterized by highly moisturized air. It makes the air-filter heavily clogged and hinders proper air passage. As a result, the overall performance of your two-wheeler gets affected. For example, braking stalls, the bike jerks on accelerator application, to mention but a few.
Highly humid cold air also causes a fall in tire pressure when the tires contract. Therefore, tire pressure checks are crucial and you must maintain it at an optimum level. Be careful not to overfill the tires as it is equally hazardous and may cause an accident when riding.
- Get a comprehensive insurance plan
It is no secret that rainy season is when most motor-vehicle accidents and breakdowns occur. These mishaps translate to extreme expenses and significant anxieties. A foolproof solution to such situations is getting an ideal insurance cover that caters for you and your bike. It is advisable to get a long term two-wheeler insurance since it is cheaper, in the long run, and companies offer discounts on such plans.
- Put on protective gear
Besides ensuring your machine is in proper condition, you should wear all the necessary clothing, such as a helmet, gloves, knee pads, raincoat, and a reflector jacket. It minimizes injuries in case of an accident plus prevents you from catching cold.
- Check headlights
During the rainy season, visibility is usually abysmal. Therefore you need your two-wheeler lights to work in the best condition before hitting the road. You can also get reflective stickers for your bike so that you are easily noticeable by other riders on the way.
- Always be cautious.
Fellows, it is the perfect time to be a good rider and put to practice all the riding etiquette you have ever learned. For example, no speeding/skidding, use of mirrors and indicator appropriately while taking a turn, keeping a distance from other vehicles, traveling during the day, etc.
Lastly, don’t forget, your safety comes first. Be very vigilant while riding in monsoon and mind others, especially pedestrians. Take all the necessary precaution and remember, you are better safe than sorry.
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