Be Winter Ready

Are you winter-bike-ready?

It’s getting colder outside, which means more hazardous driving conditions. The winter doesn’t mean you have to hang up your driving jacket though. Here are a few simple tips to make driving in the winter safer:

Protection from ice damage

Moisture is one of the biggest hazards facing bikers during the cold winter months. During this period, any moisture that gets trapped in your bike has the potential to freeze, which can make the metal brittle. If the internal mechanisms are affected and freeze, you’re in danger of suffering from them jamming or even breaking. Take precautions to stop this from happening. If the drive-chain becomes frozen, your acceleration will slow and the chain may snap, so make sure you keep it regularly cleaned and lubricated to stop it from icing. Your clutch cable can also be affected by ice, so you will need to ensure that this is lubricated before and after riding. Should you have a liquid-cooling system, check to make sure that there is fresh antifreeze in the water take, and that it’s flushed through the bike thoroughly.

Dirt & corrosion

The winter roads make your bike a magnet for dirt and grit, which can result in a rusted bike. Make sure you use a good surface-protection fluid to seal the finish and prevent corrosion, and ensure that your bike is cleaned thoroughly after the journey. It may be a bit of a pain, but it’s better than having to shell out for new parts. Wash the underside of your bike with cool water (hot will dissolve the salt crystals and help them penetrate further into your bike).

Preparation is key

In the summer, it’s great to just jump on your bike and ride, but in the winter you need to take a bit of time to do your safety checks thoroughly. Check your tyres, controls, lights, oil levels, chassis and stands (T-CLOC) before each ride, and if it’s the first time you’ve been out for a while, make sure to let your bike run for a few minutes to get her warmed up before you set off. Make sure you have an emergency repair and survival kit with you too – just in case!

Dress appropriately

It’s not much fun riding in the cold, so make sure you wear the correct clothing. It’s not just about warmth – it’s safety too. The wrong gear is dangerous for a biker. Thermal underclothes are always worth looking at if you’re going to be out in the cold for a while, or just layer up underneath a thick and waterproof jacket. Thermal inner gloves liners will help to insulate your fingers whilst still allowing you the function you need to operate your bike.

Know your limits

Accept it – sometimes it’s just not suitable to give your bike full throttle. Cold and wet roads can be slippery, and this will effect your braking and stopping differences. Plan your trips around the weather and factor in the cold, wet, slippy roads; the dark nights and the wind-chill factor.

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ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship 2020

ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship

The ACU is the internationally recognised National Governing Body for motorcycle sport in the British Isles (less Northern Ireland). Formed in 1903, the ACU has a long tradition in the world of motorcycle sport being a founder member of the World Governing Body, the Federation Internationale Motocyclisme (FIM).

The ACU has a major role in furthering the interests of motorcycle sport on a global basis. The ACU represents 23,000 licence holders, 3,000 volunteer Marshals and Officials, 550 members Clubs, divided into 20 centres and issues up to 4,000 motorcycle sport permits each year.

January & February events:
12/01 British Extreme Enduro Rnd1:
Extreme by Fast Eddy Racing Ltd at Parkwood Offroad Centre, Tong, West Yorkshire

19/01 Mud Fest:
Hare & Hounds by Portsmouth Motorcycle Racing Club at Woodberry Lane, Rowlands Castle, Portsmouth

26/01 Dorset Enduro:
Hare & Hounds by Dorset Enduro at Moreton Forest, Dorset

02/02 Snowrun Enduro:
Enduro by WTRA (the Welsh Trail Riders Assocication) at Cychan Forest, Nr Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

02/02 Dalby Mountain Enduro 2020 Centre Rnd1:
Enduro by Southern MCC Ltd at Carnagrie, Nr Arrasey Plantation, Isle of Man

09/02 – The Hampshire Enduro (ACU British Enduro Rnd1):
Enduro by Witley & District MCC at Warren Heath, Hook, Hampshire

23/02 Diss Enduro:
Enduro by Diss Motorcycle Club Ltd at Thetford Forest, Brandon, Suffolk

Domestically, the ACU provides for all forms of motorcycle sport ranging from Road Racing to all disciplines of Off Road activity (Motocross, Trials, Enduro, Grass Track and Speedway) and has successfully organised world class events such as Moto GP, World Superbikes, the Isle of Man TT Races, the Motocross of Nations and Trials Des Nations.

– It sets the rules for the various aspects of the sport.
– It ensures fair play. It trains stewards, marshals and observers to ensure track safety.
– It sets, checks and revises safety standards, which ensure that motorcycle sport is an insurable commodity.
– It retains a body of medical advisors. It tracks the progess of national championships and contributes to the wider world of motorcycling that makes international competition happen.
– It is in constant contact with many Government departments to defend and develop the sport of Motorcycling.
– It remains independent from the many commercial pressures which inevitably shape and redirect our sport.

The ACU aims to ensure that all people irrespective of their age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, creed, colour, social status or sexual orientation, have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in motorcycle sport at levels in all roles. The ACU fully supports youth activity in all disciplines and through the ACU Academy, some of our young riders go on to become British, European and World Champions in their chosen sport.

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