Winter Is Coming!

Ten things every motorcyclist should do before and during winter

Just because it's winter doesn't mean that the riding season it completely over! Here are some great things you can do this winter to keep your brain on motorcycling, or whatever activity you like to use REVER for.

1) Go on a winter dual-sport/ADV ride, or get out on that snowmobile! 

Don’t give up just because there is a little bit of white stuff on the ground. That’s what knobbies are for, just like chains for your enduro or ADV bike! Or hit the pow on your sled or snowbike! 

Snow just means your knobbies have to work a bit harder!

2) Put your motorcycle battery on a trickle charger

Want that battery to still work next spring? Put it on a battery charger/maintainer and it will be ready to go when riding season comes back around.

Trust us, you don't want to swap out this battery, so keep it healthy by putting it on a charger/maintainer.

3) Clean your riding gear and stow it for the spring

Don’t just zip up that gear bag, or throw your street riding gear in the back of the closet. Clean all the bugs off, put some leather conditioner on garments sourced from our bovine friends, and seriously... wash that motocross/enduro/ADV gear! 

4) Turn on the garage heater and tackle that restoration project

If you can’t ride, there isn’t much more satisfying activity than wrenching on your machines. Have a project bike, or restoration project? There is no better time than now. Crank the tunes and get it done.  

That engine isn't going to swap itself! Turn on the garage heater and get to work.

5) Winterize your machine (as late as possible!)

See #2 above, then either drain your fuel, or add Sta-Bil to your tank, give your ride a nice bath, so it doesn’t have corrosive substances eating away at it all winter like salt, magnesium chloride, etc. Lubricate your chain so it doesn’t sit and rust all winter. Make sure you have good antifreeze in the engine if you live in a very cold climate. Rotate your tires a few times each month, to prevent flat spots from forming. Cover it! Keep the dust and grime from building up. 

If you do a late fall or early winter ride, don't put your bike away dirty and walk away!

6) Install those aftermarket parts that have been sitting on the shelf all summer

Did you spend more time riding that tinkering over the summer? Or are there accessories that you’d like to install? We can’t think of a better time than now! 

7) Binge watch all the MotoGP/World Superbike/Motocross that you missed!

If you spent more time riding than sitting in front of the computer or TV and fell behind on your racing, 2020 was about the best year ever in MotoGP, while the AMA Motocross Championship was just as unpredictable and entertaining. 

8) Start planning your 2021 Epic Spring and Summer rides

We can’t think of a better time than the winter to get on our ride planner and start laying out all those bucket-list rides that you’ve dreamed about riding. We have been improving and updating planning features, so plan it now, ride it later! 

Hit our planner, plan all your Spring rides now!

9) Watch REVER’s tips, tricks and tutorials on YouTube and be prepared for the riding season

Want to get to know REVER a bit better? Go to our YouTube page and watch our tutorials. Then you’ll spend more time riding and less time exploring the app next spring. 

10) Read a motorcycle classic 

Here are some suggestions that we’ve read over the years: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig; The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes to a Latin American Journey by Ernesto “Che” Guevara; Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman; Riding Man by Mark Gardiner; or Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph by Ted Simon. 

Just some suggestions for moto-related reading.

"You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding."
― Anonymous

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