For quite a few years, and for some longer
than that, there are a few club members that have ridden with
Bear Club during the winter months. This year seems to be especially
exciting because more members have decided to give this
activity a try. Barbara Z. has even nicknamed us the Sister Bears (or
as I like to out it, Sista Bears)… That nickname just shows a glimpse
of the fun times we have together during the winter riding season.
Speaking of the winter riding season, extra care should be taken,
both personally and for your scooter, even when the temps are just
cooling down instead of downright freezing.
The easy part is protecting
your motorcycle. You should have it on a battery tender during the
winter months, as the cold weather can really drain the battery and
this applies to new batteries too. Make sure, as always, all your
fluids are where they should be, and it’s also a good time of the
have maintenance service performed. (See Tucking
it in for The Winter for more information.)
If you have someone else perform
your motorcycle maintenance, be sure to let them know you are continuing
to ride your motorcycle through the winter months so they can adjust
any items, such as oil weight, during this process. If you perform
the maintenance yourself, don’t forget to consult MOM (Motorcycle
Operators Manual) prior, as you may need to modify your “normal”
to prepare for winter riding.
Please, please, please – watch
the road conditions. Never mind the obvious, such as ice and
snow, but really
watch out for the salt and sand, and the ensuing potholes, that
we live with for six months out of the year.
Now, how do we keep ourselves warm you ask?
There are more
ways to do that than I can talk about here, but the idea is to
be smart about
riding in the cold weather and to take good care to keep yourself
as warm as possible, without sweating. Some people choose to simply
warmly, using layering and the latest under clothing technology,
such as UnderArmour, to keep them warm and wick away sweat.
to add heated grips or seats to their motorcycles. Some, like me,
finally invested in heated gear – and that choice, in itself, presents
a ton of configurations. It’s just a personal choice, but it is
possible to stay pretty toasty while riding during the winter months
(except, I still haven’t figured out how to keep my nose
Just remember, it’s all about having fun and riding, no matter
what the temperature is. If you are interested in riding through
months, ask any of the Sister Bears for some guidance and information.
But, be prepared for a different answer from each one of them, as our
experiences and personal riding gear preferences are as distinct as
we are from each other!
Ride on…and stay warm!
do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering
and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through
as well as we can." Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)