OK! It’s freezing outside! You don’t ride as much as you drive your vehicle, in most cases, but it’s time to start her up and go for a ride, right?
I don’t wan’t to tell you anything you shouldn’t already know but maybe some new riders may not take into consideration.
In cold weather your tires will loose 1 to 2 pounds of pressure for every 15 degrees F (Fahrenheit) or 10 degrees C (Celsius) and that goes both ways in the heat. Your not loosing air or gaining of course but it’s simply contraction and expansion.
It’s a good idea to check your tires before you go out.
If it is low, add the the amount of air that is required by the manufacturer.
Same thing applies if it gets to hot, just backwards (let it out).
Just remember that as you ride for your first 10 to 20 minutes your tires will start to warm up and you should, if needed, let some air back out.
Too low air pressure and you’ll start to ride on the sides of your tires and start to cut into the tires side wall, possibly doing damage beyond repair to them.
Too high and of course you can pop that tire at the very first hard impact (Bump, pothole).
But I do recommend the Milton S-920 pencil tire gauge it only costs somewhere between 6 to 8 dollars and is as accurate and dependable as you’ll ever need!
Another thing to keep in mind is that the suspension on your machine will tend to be stiffer when you first start out, but it should only take a few minutes to loosen up. Your tires will also be harder in extremely cold temperatures making them more susceptible to damage or even pop if you should hit a good pothole so take it easy when you first start out.
Cold motor start up – Starting your motor in cold weather can also be an issue, all of your fluids will tend to thicken or even freeze up.
Take precaution and check the radiator fluid if applicable. The oil will need time to warm up and properly lubricate the motor, so keep from revving up the engine when first starting and keep the rpm’s low at first to prevent damage to your motor