Autumn rides on your electric motorcycle are typically about riding in darker and wetter conditions. This is because the days will typically become shorter with longer nights during autumn.
But does this mean you can’t enjoy delightful rides on your electric motorcycle?
The answer is no!
The autumn season is an excellent opportunity to enjoy nighttime rides or even rides in the rain, either alone or with friends. However, the darker skies, stronger winders, and more slippery roads present a much greater challenge than you’d typically get during the summer.
Thankfully, the trick is adequate preparation, and we’ll point you in the right direction.
In the following paragraphs, we walk you through everything you need to know about riding your electric motorcycle during the autumn season and how to make sure you’re ready.
So, let’s jump into it!
Riding Your Electric Motorcycle During Autumn: 5 Tips for You
Whether you’re commuting between home and work or exploring the countryside does not matter. The following tips will help you achieve safe and enjoyable rides on your e-motorcycle during autumn:
Check your motorcycle lights
One of the more significant challenges of riding your e-motorbike during autumn is visibility, especially if you’re riding in the rain or at night. But, it won’t be only you. Other motorists and road users will be in similar situations. So, you must also ensure they can see you easily.
Therefore, you must ensure that your electric motorcycle lights are up to the task.
Before going out riding with your friends at night, turn on your headlights to confirm that they are working properly and not foggy. Also, verify that they are bright enough to see clearly. The same thing applies if you’re out in rainy weather.
In addition, you should also confirm that your tail light and signal lights are also functioning properly. This way, motorists behind can quickly know where you are and if you’re turning off the road.
Pro tip? Under ideal conditions, your headlight should be visible from 500 feet, while your taillight should be visible from 600 feet.
Lower your tire pressure
Experts have discovered that tires with lower pressure generate more friction, which can come in handy when you’re riding on slippery roads. Therefore, dropping the air pressure in your tires for the autumn season is a good idea.
You see, a lower tire pressure allows a broader tire area to touch the road. This then leads to better motorcycle control and faster braking times.
However, lower tire pressure may also cause faster battery consumption as your electric motorcycle will typically have to do more work to move. But, if it means you’ll be safer, we think that’s a good bargain!
Pro tip? Reducing around 10psi from your normal tire pressure should do the trick of getting your better traction.
Install fenders on your e-motorbike
While your electric motorcycle would generally continue its smooth operation regardless of whether it’s raining or not, installing fenders can significantly impact your riding experience.
Spoil alert? These fenders will likely improve your e-motorcycle riding experience in rain conditions.
Installing fenders on your e-motorbike can reduce the amount of water spray that reaches you as you plough through the wet roads. While this will not keep you dry, it can prevent you from becoming wetter than you should be.
Besides, fenders also play the double role of keeping your different electric motorcycle components from the rain — which is a plus.
Check your brakes
We can’t overemphasize how essential this point is.
Your brakes are one of the most critical (if not the number one) components of your electric motorcycle. After all, they are the reason you can stop your e-motorcycle without crashing into anything or anyone.
Therefore, it is essential to verify that they are working properly before riding out into autumn conditions, or any other season for that matter.
Remember, rainy weather during autumn means slippery roads, which translates to longer stopping distances. Therefore, you must ensure your e-motorcycle brakes are up to the task.
In other words, inspect your brake pads before riding out. If you notice wear and tear or any other issue, consider replacing the brake pads or postponing your ride until you’re sure you can do so safely.
Pro tip? Never go on rides if you suspect there is an issue with your brakes.
Check weather conditions and plan out your route
Your electric motorcycle may be able to operate in the rain and other extreme weather conditions. But you don’t want to be stuck on the wrong road when it’s nighttime or pouring heavily.
Therefore, we recommend taking some time to check the weather forecast before heading out. This way, you can decide on what your best route will likely be and which roads to avoid based on the possible weather.
In addition, planning your route also ensures that you don’t run out of battery before you get back home or reach a location where you can plug in your electric motorcycle to recharge.
Of course, we’re sure we don’t have to tell you how much that is.
Pro tip? Always ensure you have more battery than you think you need for your electric motorcycle ride. This way, even if plans change, you’re not immediately stranded.
Clean and dry your electric motorcycle
Taking the time to clean and dry your electric motorcycle after each autumn ride can go a long way in prolonging the lifespan of your motorbike.
We agree that most electric motorcycles are made with durable, high-quality materials designed to withstand the rigours of various weather conditions. However, every material (durable or not) has its limit.
But, with proper care, you’ll ensure that your e-motorbike parts do not reach their limits earlier than they should.
Besides, cleaning, drying, and other maintenance operations will keep your electric motorcycle looking new and shiny after every autumn ride. And who doesn’t like shiny bikes?
Wrapping It Up
Autumn rides on your electric motorcycle can be fun and may even pose an enjoyable challenge for you. But only if you’re ready. Hopefully, this article has given you proper insight into preparing adequately for e-motorbikes in the autumn rain or nighttime.
Do you have more questions? Or do you need help with your electric motorcycle purchase or maintenance?
Reach out to us at Tromox. We have a team of experts waiting to help!