Great article. Got any advice on trailering motorcycles long distances? We are going to trailer our bikes to Arizona for the winter (yay for us, we get to golf and motorcycle all winter!) We have an open trailer with a shield at the front but are debating whether or not to cover the bikes.

Linda K
Madison, WI
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Editor Response
Lucky you that you get to head to someplace warm for the winter! Check out our "trailer-realted" articles here:
Trailers/Covers Reviews

As far as covering an open trailer...don't do it! The cover will catch the wind during the drive and will scratch the heck out of your bikes. You are much better off keeping them exposed until you stop for the night or reach your destination.

Tricia Szulewski, Editor
Great article. Very helpful tips for harsh winter weather. As I was reading it, I wondered about what tips might be offered for those of us who are fortunate to ride in mild winter weather (temps in the low to mid 30s and some frost on the road in the early mornings). Are there useful things to do for your bike in this kind of weather? Currently, I pull out my winter riding wear but do nothing for my bike which I ride to work daily so it sits out in the cold all day. I ride a Honda Shadow Aero.

Fayetteville, AR
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Editor Response
There definitely are some things you can do to make sure your motorcycle continues to run well in colder temperatures. We teach about TCLOCS in the MSF BRC—it's important to continue this process, and even be more diligent about checking that your motorcycle is in good running condition before each ride. Extreme weather fluctuations will change the air pressure in your bike's tires, so be extra diligent about checking your tire pressure before each ride. In addition, you'll want to be sure to clean off road debris that can begin to rust and corrode your bike after each ride, and install a lead to your bike's battery, so you can just plug it into a trickle charger each night.

You'll also want to change the way you ride during cold weather when there's the possibility of reduced traction. Our article about riding on gravel covers some great tips on what to do in these situations.

Be safe and have fun!
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
Very good article and information! Thanks for sharing this.

Laurel, MD
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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