How to prepare for a ride in cold weather

Even among people living in northern Canada and Alaska, there are those who drive over the winter, and then the biggest concern should be the weather and the condition of the roads, but if everything is done properly, driving will be extremely fun.

Things to know

If you decide to take this step, your motorcycle should be in excellent condition and without malfunctions. If a breakdown or accident occurs in extremely cold weather, apart from the usual problems, the biggest risk is hypothermia.

Reducing the air pressure in the tires to the recommended minimum will allow the tires to adhere better to the ground and to heat up better. Warmer tires, better traction, but still do not expect the same behavior on the road as if it were a warm August day and therefore drive carefully.

It is desirable to have heaters on the handles, but any other protection is also good, and it is recommended to have a built-in windshield, which can be a great solution if your motorcycle does not have a factory one.

Cold wind is a big problem in winter and without riding, especially when you find yourself on a motorcycle. When you drive around 100 km / h at a temperature of -1 Celsius, the feeling is the same as if you were standing at -12. At lower temperatures, the difference is even greater: driving at -6 degrees at a speed of about 100 km / h is like standing at -20 Celsius.

With wind protection, you will be able to enjoy the ride, even in sub-zero temperatures. You just have to choose the right equipment.


One of the best ways to protect your head and face is balaclava (a popular “phantom” or ski mask), which can protect the entire head, neck and most of the face in a great way.

Keeping your head and neck warm is extremely important, as it allows warm blood to flow through your entire body. As one of the protection mechanisms, the body will reduce the blood flow to the extremities in case the head or vital organs are threatened by freezing, so it is necessary to protect the torso well, as well as the arms, legs and feet.

Equipment selection

Apart from “phantoms”, you can opt for any protective equipment that can fit with narrow helmets. The equipment does not have to be resistant to wind gusts, because with a good combination you can protect yourself from the cold.

Of course, there is also layering, which is only acceptable while you are comfortable.

Cheap alternatives

When you are already great at driving in winter, you need to check before buying the equipment whether you already have effective protection against the wind at home, as well as clothes that will keep you warm.

For example, a ski jacket or fleece jacket can be worn over a leather or textile jacket, and the addition of wool and additional layers can contribute to better maintaining body heat, while thicker fleece pants can serve to additionally warm the feet.

The best protection from the wind is the outer layer, so make a choice of clothes. If you wear a ruffle under a leather jacket, it will serve to some extent, but that’s not it. The same thing applies when it comes to pants.

Ski gloves can be a good choice, but only if you have a good driving feeling in them.

The most important thing is that the equipment, especially for the arms and legs, is not tight, because it will prevent the flow of hot blood and have only counterproductive results.

The right choice, however, is purpose-made kits, which can be two-piece or one-piece, depending on the manufacturer.

Clothes with electric heaters is definitely the best solution. Even a vest with a heater will make driving incredibly pleasant. There are gloves, jackets, pants with heaters, and even socks.

In combination with a windproof wardrobe, you will have to reduce the temperature, because you will sweat completely on the “minus”.


Driving in cold weather can be a bit complicated and risky, but on the other hand, with adequate equipment, driving is feasible and can even be fun.

How to prepare for a ride in cold weather How to prepare for a ride in cold weather

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