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6 Tips to Carry Your Summer Biking Habit into Fall

The leaves are turning, the air is crisp: Fall is officially here. But the beauty of fall also means cool temperatures, earlier sunsets and the onset of rain. For those of us who are fair-weather bike riders, the thought of braving cold-weather riding feels intimidating (perhaps miserable is a more honest assessment). How do you keep up your good summer bike habit when the season turns?

Summer Biking

1. Quell your fears with cold-weather gear.

The right gear makes all the difference. Outfitting yourself with the items you need to stay warm, dry and comfortable while you ride will make commuting or training rides bearable, and — dare we say it — even enjoyable.

Consider the length of your ride and the conditions you expect to encounter to help you determine what gear to buy. Do you live in an area with high rainfall? A waterproof shell and water resistant shoes will keep you dry. Wearing a moisture-wicking base layer underneath waterproof gear will help regulate your body temperature. Gloves and ear protection also go a long way in mitigating wind-induced misery.

2. Weatherproof your bike.

If you haven’t yet experienced the joys of rain splatter all down your back, let us save you the trouble with this bit of advice: Invest in fenders. Depending on the type of bike you have, this might be as simple as purchasing a set of clip-on fenders. Talk to your local bike dealer to see what style of the fender will work best for your bike.

You should already be in the habit of carrying a flat repair kit; if you’re not, now is the time to start! It’s never fun to get stuck with a flat, but it’s really not fun to find yourself stranded with a flat in the middle of a downpour.

3. Bring your street skills.

When moisture hits the road, conditions get dicey. Stick to the routes you’ve gotten comfortable with over the summer, avoid riding through puddles (it’s hard to gauge depth, and the water may be covering hazards like potholes or sharp debris), and feather your brakes. In wet conditions, water and dirt can prevent rim brakes (brakes that squeeze the rim of your tire) from engaging. Feathering your brakes — squeezing them on and off until you feel them begin to grip — will help avoid scary moments where your brakes don’t grip.

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4. Light it up.

Daylight hours in summer are long and forgiving — the same can’t be said for fall and winter months. Always carry front and rear lights to avoid getting caught riding in the dark. Even the most basic set of lights increases your visibility to other traffic (cars, bikes, scooters, pedestrians) and helps illuminate your path.

5. Phone a friend.

Cold weather can make us fickle, even when we have the best intentions. Biking with a buddy helps keep you both accountable and makes the ride more fun.

6. Treat yourself.

Let’s be honest: Even with all the right gear and an awesome riding buddy, commuting in the cold isn’t always fun or appealing. Don’t kick yourself if you can’t ride every day; instead, give yourself a goal of riding a set number of times each week, or shoot for an overall number of rides for the season. When you reach your goal, reward yourself with some new bike gear or that jacket you’ve been eyeing in a shop window.

Cold-weather biking requires more planning, but when you make the effort, fall rides are rich with rewards: beautiful colors, rosy cheeks and the satisfaction of getting out on your bike. Grab warm layers, fender up and enjoy the refreshingly cool breeze of an autumn ride.

Top 5 Bikes For Long Cruising in India

Bikes Life can often consume you with the mundane routine of everyday living. And the very minute you kick start your bike and go on for a ride, away from the humdrum of the city, you feel a sense of freedom and detachment with the various complications surrounding you.

That one ride relieves you of all your stress and re-energizes you in ways you cannot put down into words. It makes you feel unstoppable and free from the world. A real bike enthusiast can often romanticise with this very feeling of joy and full of passion. Today the bike enthusiast in you is on for a ride as we bring you the top 5 best bikes for long cruising in India. So keep calm and bike on.

Bikes

1) Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220

The very first thing that comes to mind when we speak about the Bajaj Avenger is the tagline ‘Feel Like God’. Cruising on the Avenger Street indeed gives you a heavenly vibe and makes you feel like God. The Avenger can set any street on fire with its dark shades and sporty mag wheels.

The Baja Avenger Cruise is equipped with a 220cc DTS-I engine with twin spark plugs to add more power to all your rides. The engine is oil-cooled at all times as we all need a cool head while cruising to longer destinations.

One of the best things about the Avenger is the street control handlebar that provides manoeuvring through narrow streets or long highways with god-like ease. The bike has a low-slung seating to make your rides comfortable at all times.

2) Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

There are bikes, and then there is a Royal Enfield. The name says it all. The Thunderbird 500 is your quintessential cruiser made for open skies, unhurried riding and a weekend on the saddle. Powered by a 499 cc twin spark air-cooled engine, the Thunderbird has many thoughtful inclusions like a 20-litre fuel tank that provides you 550-700 km range at a stretch, making every trip feel like a breeze for the rider.

Other notable features include a square swingarm rear suspension that keeps the rear tyre in contact with the ground on small slopes and hilly areas. The set-in cruiser stance and well-padded bucket seat give you the perfect riding position for all your trips.

To top it all the Thunderbird 500 looks better, handles better and still maintains the charisma and personality that Royal Enfields are known for. This cruiser comes at a price of Rs 2,03,000. (Ex-showroom Delhi)

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3) Royal Enfield Himalayan

Making a surprise entry into our list of cruisers is the Himalayan. It’s Royal Enfield’s most versatile bike, be it on the road or off the road, this motorcycle can take the rider everywhere, and it’s the only motorcycle that you will ever need.
The long-travel suspension, natural upright riding position and a torquey engine provides you with a comfortable ride through the streets, or the highways or even the mountain areas.

Equipped with an LS410 Single cylinder 4-stroke engine, the Himalayan is powered by a strong low-end torque that makes it widely usable in all riding conditions. An adventurers favourite, the Himalayan has been priced at Rs 1,56,000 lakh. (Ex-showroom Delhi)

4) Hyosung Aquila Pro 650

Soul of a cruiser, the heart of a racer. This is the perfect description for the Aquila Pro 650 by Hyosung. It packs a punch with its old school looks and a superbike vibe at the same time. Powered by a 647cc, V-twin cylinder water cooled engine that generates 74 BHP and 62.1 NM of torque.

This mean machine can claim a top speed of around 195 km/hr. One of the best things about the Aquila Pro is the 705 mm of seat height that allows for a comfortable seating position for the bikers.

Born to cruise, the Aquila Pro 650 comes at the cost of Rs 4,99,000 lakh. (Ex-showroom Mumbai)

5) Harley Davidson Street 750

Last but not the least, this cruiser list is incomplete without mentioning a Harley. Built for the Indian audience, the Harley-Davidson Street is a rider’s delight. One can tame the urban grid as well as the highways with this revolutionary Indian favourite.

Beneath this rebellion cafe racer lurks a liquid-cooled 750cc Revolution X™ V-Twin engine that makes you beat traffic in no time. When modern civilisation throws tantrums at you, Street 750 is born to tackle the demands of the urban landscape.

The best part about this Street beauty is that it’s the most affordable bike of the Harley Davidson. And they made it accessible the right and the authentic way that Harleys are known for. Milwaukee steel fuel tank, premium paint job and the 3-D chrome badge. This has been built for the great Indian dream. It comes at the cost of Rs 5,25,000 lakh. (Ex-showroom New Delhi)

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