Jan 2023
Nieve moto web

The winter months are a lottery for everyone who rides a motorbike. As well as the cold, which doesn’t always make the experience as pleasant as it can be, rain, fog and even snow are more common than we would like. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for any unforeseen event, such as unexpected snowfall that can disrupt or even ruin our routes. To make sure that doesn’t happen, here are some valuable tips with the NG BRAKES seal.

Be cautious

If you’re planning a bike ride during these months, it’s imperative that you prepare your trip well. When planning, check the weather forecast. If the weather says it’s going to snow… Don’t take any needless risks! The best thing to do is to stay at home or think of an alternative plan and leave the route for another time.

Of course, snow can surprise even meteorologists. So that you are not caught completely unprepared, our advice is to take chains with you, so that you have a safe alternative if necessary. In addition, always carry quality equipment suitable for the weather, as well as a number of provisions in case you have to stop on the road.

Take care of your riding

If you get caught in the snow when on the road, the main thing is to take care of your riding. Avoid any sudden movements, and ride as smoothly as possible, preferably in high gears. Also, when braking, first release the throttle and then use (again, gently) the rear brake, and finally lightly touch the front brake. In this way, you will avoid or minimise skidding as much as possible. It goes without saying that this is not the time to fall… Ride with the utmost care, in a relaxed manner and forget about going fast.

Pay attention to everything

If you are caught out in the snow on your bike, the most important thing to do is to stay calm and keep a watchful eye on the road ahead. If someone has cleared the snow from the road, try to ride in those lanes which have been cleared, but watch out for ice patches forming. Also, pay attention to obstacles around you and areas such as verges, guardrails, lampposts, etc., where accumulations of snow can form that are difficult to detect.

Leave your bravery at the door!

This is probably the most important piece of advice. If driving a car in snow is dangerous, imagine riding a motorbike! So don’t be brave and stop as soon as you find a shelter. The ideal place is a restaurant or roadside bar, where you can wait out the storm while you have a hot drink without getting cold. In situations like this, there’s no rush and remember safety always comes first.