Preparing You and Your Motorcycle for Winter
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Preparing You and Your Motorcycle for Winter

Motorcycle saftey is a year around job.

Winter is here folks! So let's discuss keeping you and your scoot safe on the road out there. I will cover both mechanical issues as well as physical issues.

 Let's start  with the scoot.  Tires: Proper inflation is a key to keeping that scoot on the road during winter conditions. It is a good habit to lower the tire pressure a few pounds  during winter, allowing more tire to grip the road. Also check and make sure you still have good tread , what kept you going through the summer nights will not grip the roads under wet, icy conditions. Now let's go to the fuel; I am sure that with the introduction of ethanol gas, we all have had our issues with performance. There are many sites one can go to that will offer hints on mixtures available out there. I don't like to introduce any products because I don't know your scoot. I personally use Marvins Miracle Oil in all my fuels and am happy with it. Now , back to the fuel. It is a good practice that while the scoot is not being driven every day to go out and start it up at least twice a week. This allows the fuel to flow and it will also help keep  the battery charged. I would suggest to research in a fuel stabilizer , especially if not riding every week. Ok , that leaves  the best for last... the battery. Batteries, depending on the style, size, age, will go on you during the winter. Cold weather drains batteries. Hard starts on cold days and there you are stranded. On most batteries you can check the acid with a acid reading gauge, normally purchased at most auto parts places. Or you can just check the out put of your battery by either a scoot mounted amp meter or a hand held. Check how low the meter drops when trying to crank the scoot and how long it takes to build back up above 12 volts. If there is a significant drop and a slow build up, replace the battery now. I would also recommend regardless the condition of the battery, to purchase and hook up a battery tender. This will keep the battery alive for you regardless of the weather.

 All done with the scoot. Now let's talk about you. Winter causes riders to bundle up.It's only natural. I would point out though, that as we bundle up , we still must be agile enough to 'feel' the scoot under us and flexible enough to maneuver the scoot. We also must be able to see. Head gear: I see the skull masks and the scarf and the goggles. All that I would agree with as long as 10 the skull mask does not impede breathing and remains secure 2) the scarf at no time can start obscuring the vision of the rider or annoy the passenger . Most importantly , stays away from any moving parts of the scoot. 3) the goggles provide a clear field of vision and are to some degree fog proof.

 Garments; Try and wear loose layers of clothes instead of restricted hard  garments like leathers. Though fashionable, these leathers are rarely warm and can stiffen up during cold weather. Remember the less you can move the less control you have over your scoot. Boots: Try to refer to your boots like you did your tires. During the winter , boots are what meet the ground, be it icy ,frozen or slush. Your boots need to grip as soon as that foot comes down!

 So let's bring winter in with all it's cheer and Hey.. be safe and check all of your gear!

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