It’s coming into winter time, long gone are the long sunny days and dry roads, now comes the cold dark nights and hazardous mother nature, here are some things to look out for.
Ice on shaded roads It might feel like the sun has heated the day up to an acceptable level, but the nights are a lot colder and brings frost. With the short days and low sun, some parts of the road don’t see light at all, so the frosty parts stay there.
Leaves on corners All the lovely colours on the trees, eventually they fall off and cover the roads, and they are slippy too.
Thicker gloves Yeah, it’s still warm enough, just take the bike out, but it’s cold enough to freeze you fingers off at 70 mph, get the winter gloves looked out again, your fingers will thank you.
Low sun glare Shorter days come with low sun, this makes it hard to see but also makes it harder to be seen.
Not to be confused with the large number of sports tourers out there, these bikes are not just sports bikes with panniers and a top box plopped on it. These bikes are built from the ground up, for touring. An up-right seating position, big screen, built in panniers and a large, powerful engine are all included, not to mention comfortable for those journeys that swallow up the miles. They have a wide range, with most manufacturers having one or two models to choose from, and they mostly include some nice new toys with the latest models. Here are a small selection of some tourers: