For some, the fear of winter riding equates to taking a big-ole BMW GS or any large displacement motorcycle off-road for the first time.
The thought of riding in cold conditions with minimal traction produces mass amounts of anxiety among many motorcyclists across the globe. Thoughts of numb fingers, a frigid core, some snow falling, or salt ruining motorcycles are just a few of the usual thoughts that twist the nerves.
But with the proper mindset, bike prep, and riding techniques, these negative thoughts are suppressible, which helps resolve the fear factor.
The following tips cover both mental and physical approaches to winter ADV riding, things I’ve learned after riding 12 months a year for the past two decades in the Northeast and accomplishing a few years of over 20,000 miles annually.