In 2017, Massachusetts’s citizens registered almost 170,000 motorcycles. When looking at the population of the state, this means many people who ride. In fact, Massachusetts has more people per bike than Texas or California.
Massachusetts sees a decent amount of rain every year. On average, the state gets around 45 inches a year. Rainy weather is not conducive to riding, but some like to ride in any weather. Precautionary measures are essential if you ride a motorcycle in adverse conditions.
1. Slippery surfaces
Wet pavement, steel plates and manhole covers are examples of surfaces that can make for poor traction. Know the road and become aware of where the standard slippery surfaces are. Search for the best pavement to travel. Reduce your speed and focus on smooth accelerating, shifting gears, turning and braking. As an added measure, use front and rear brakes when maneuvering through slick areas.
2. Riding gear
Waterproof gear covering the body from top to bottom helps keep rainwater from drenching you. Rain suits, boots, gloves and even socks can mean a dry ride. Do not overlook your helmet. Some come equipped with anti-fog visors.
Oil slicks on the road are dangerous for any vehicle. At an intersection, the oil builds up as car after car stops at the red light or stop sign.
When rain hits, the oil hazard may become worse. Decrease your speed when coming to an intersection and always keep an eye out for other vehicles. You may need to double your following distance if there is a car in front of you as this person may stop suddenly.
4. Dry belongings
At some point in the journey, your belongings may get wet. To keep things as dry as possible, pack them in waterproof bags or a water-resistant backpack. Use hard saddlebags instead of leather and put items in Ziplock bags before stowing them.