Not everyone is blessed with the good fortune of having year round mild temperatures that are conducive to riding. Others simply do not have a choice and are forced to ride their motorcycle in rain, cold and snow. Which category would you put yourself in?


    I freely admit I hate riding in the rain. Cold and dry no problem.

    • Johnny Blue

      After a while you get used to it. I live in the Netherlands at the moment and not riding in the rain is not an option. It would mean not going to work 50% of the time. I got to the point where I can truly say that rain doesn’t bother me anymore.

      • BDan75

        I wouldn’t mind it too much, but I always seem to have some combination of three problems: leaky gloves, water getting between cuff and glove, and fogging visor. Have tried various fixes, but never found anything I considered really satisfactory (surprising how many “waterproof” gloves aren’t). Fortunately, I don’t have to deal with it very often.

        • 12er

          Tuck your gauntlets into your sleeves and cinch the cuffs down over. Do not leave your gauntlets outside the jacket. As for the other two, good luck…

        • HazardtoMyself

          Tried a pin lock shield?

      • JMDGT

        I have ridden in the rain quite a bit. I just don’t like to.

  • Gee S

    Gee do not care about filthy weather —

    Between an Aerostich Roadcrafter, a proper fairing, and Avon Storm 3XM tires, its not even a reason to slow down.

  • wolzybk

    With heated gloves, I can do an hour a 20F without too much discomfort, so it’s really just icy roads that keep the bike home.

    • Jon Jones

      Hardcore, brother!

  • Michael Fitzpatrick

    I live in Vancouver, so I better not be afraid of rain. Last winter sucked for snow though – kept me off 2 wheels for almost 3 months, which almost never happens here.


    Well, raining at 70 degrees is different than rain at 40. Plus, a day of rain riding in West Virginia, in areas of coal dust…..that bike may never be clean again!

  • Fiend4Mojitos

    35 years ago more than once I got caught riding my CB350 in the snow home from the firehouse in East Boston, MA to home in Dorchester. Stay off of the front brake, keep it straight up around corners and hang on. I’m talking about 2-4″ of snow and slush; not a foot.

  • MyName

    Simple question, complex answer. For me, it depends on where I am going, and for what. The reality is I don’t like riding in the rain, so I generally don’t. I ride a motorcycle because I enjoy it. I don’t like extreme heat either.

  • Greg Lanauze

    Wind and rain don’t bother me I just adjust to the conditions, I’ve never ridden in snow as it doesn’t do that where I am but the heat 40+C is scorching for a two hour ride in full riding gear. Actually it’s pretty hot in shorts and tshirt

  • therr850

    My theroy use to be if I could get to work dry, ride. You have dry clothes at home after work. Still don’t mind riding down to the low thirties. Been at it long enough I’ve got what keeps me warm. Now I’m seventy and I still go out in those conditions but not as often.

  • Kamohelo Mohudi

    In the part of South Africa where i live we hardly have snow so all year riding is very possible if you can stand the cold winter days and rainy summer days

  • Sayyed Bashir

    I ride all year, rain or shine. The KTM 1190 R is my rain bike. The Harley and Suzuki Bandit are for dry weather. Doesn’t snow here, even though I have ridden in the snow around Truckee (coldest place in the nation).

  • JWaller

    With a Ural in addition to a couple Triumphs, not even snow and ice will stop me, not that I have to really worry about that in South Central Texas. The only typical weather phenomenon that I try my best to avoid is lightning. I’ll ride all day in a hard driving rain, but once lightning starts popping, I’m either turning in another direction or seeking shelter. I was even riding last Friday in the outer bands of Harvey. No lightning, no problem.

  • mackja

    There was a time when I road 365 days a year, because my motorcycle was the only transportation I owned. I road in cold, wet, snow, weather and did not mind it all that much back then. Move forward 35 years and now that I have my choice of vehicles to drive and ride the thought of getting out in bad weather is not appealing, so today I am a fair weather ride. Most of my Track friends keep telling me how much fun it is and that I can learn so much from riding in the rain, NOPE not interested!!

  • Luiz Carlos Laba

    I usually ride year round, EXCEPT in snow or icy conditions.
    Not much gear needed, but the most important for cold weather: good gloves and good boots with appropriate socks. Stay away from the edge of the roads to avoid salt/sand mix.

    Ride safe.

  • bigjames

    Gerbing heated clothing is my friend. Ancient suit (have a heated vest for cool mornings or for when the suit finally dies), more modern electric gloves (and a boxer engine for my toes), balaclava under helmet and a sidecar and I am good for anything. Thank goodness for modern motorcycle electrics. Before, when a lot younger, just layered up, used gloves with liners and still rode in anything, without the sidecar (and mostly without a boxer engine for my toes, I was a lot younger).

  • Lewis

    It is not the riding that bothers me, but the cleanup and maintenance issues after a wet ride. I won’t even bother to discuss what salt does. I am getting older and have less time to ride ( and even less to wrench ) than in my youth due to life responsibilities. I avoid rain etc., but I am equipped to ride in the cold. So yeah, I guess I am a fair weather biker.

    • Thanks for not going into salt. There was a real concern a lengthy diatribe on salt was going to take place. Thank god it didn’t.

  • Vrooom

    Found out I wasn’t water soluble years ago. Ice and snow isn’t much fun though.

  • Jon Jones

    Was a motorbike-only guy for YEARS. Used to go grocery shopping with the former wife on my beloved GS1000EC. She could hold an amazing amount of groceries as passenger. Even when we acquired our first car (’70 SAAB 99!) I would commute the 60-mile round trip to work on my bike year-round. One especially rainy year I was up to the footpegs in water on a flooded highway for miles. I often had to run my frozen hands under hot water at work to thaw them. Good times…

    These days I’ll commute the 35 miles to work if it’s above 40. I’ll avoid a heavy-rain ride to work, but don’t mind a wet ride home. Nice to warm up by the woodstove after a harrowing commute.

    The biggest issue in my area is insane heat during the summer. I have to forgo the trusty Aerostich and instead wear heavy riding pants and a mesh jacket. The long ride home in 100+ degree temps makes the cold beer so very, very life-affirming and supremely satisfying when I arrive at my depressing dump of a place.

  • blansky

    Yup. Live in a fair weather climate.

  • Brian Fistler

    Year round rider in NC. Up until last year it was without heated clothing, but I managed to snag great deals on Gerbings jacket liner and heated gloves. Before 30 degrees was doable for a few hours, but uncomfortable, now it’s comfortable below that.

  • scottdc

    All year round in any weather. I love riding in all conditions and refuse to own a car.

  • Shawn Covington

    Dedicated everyday Rider no matter what the conditions if you buy the proper gear and dress accordingly you’ll be fine

  • Richard Delcorde

    Well I’ll chip in one factor here . “It depends on what bike I’m riding at the time “.Sport bike “NO ” fully faired cruiser / adventure bike ” Why not “,or a daily all rounder ” Maybe if i had a coffee first and a peck on the cheek from my lovely wife “

  • Tpet

    Here in SoCal, I usually skip riding due to heat, not cold or rain. It’s difficult to wear proper gear without becoming overheated, especially when there’s a slower portion of the ride between the freeway and my garage where the cooling vest doesn’t do much.

  • Steve Dallas

    I had a lady pull out in front of me when it was raining and 40 degrees. Getting field stripped on the ground in a cold rain sucks. Plus a couple of ice avoidance incidents has made me less likely to ride in a cold rain or when there is a chance of icing.

  • Gruf Rude

    Rode year-round in the mid-west for 10 years when young; CB750 most of the year, SL100 when snow/ice on the streets. Wife had our only car. Finally got a second car in 1975 and the only times I’ve ridden in the snow since then is when caught out in the mountains. Rain is no problem; got rained on 2 out of every 3 days on my month-long solo camping ride to Alaska and drying the tent was more hassle than 40 degree rain.