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6 Hot Tips For Riding Safely In The Cold

Posted by Dan Novit

Oct 17, 2018 4:20:41 PM

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Indiana weather can sometimes be tricky to predict, but this morning was a dreadful reminder that colder weather is most certainly on the way. For many motorcyclists, this first annual encounter with the morning frost can often mean that it's time to start thinking about sending the baby into hibernation until spring rolls around. But still, there are quite a few riders out there who aren't ready to submit to the winter wrath quite yet- and it's A-okay to keep riding through the season, as long as it's done safely. 

The Cold, Hard Truth.MC-Snow-300

First, we need to acknowledge the dangers and risks associated with riding in the cold. If you've ever journeyed out into the brisk, fall breeze unprepared, you were likely quick to regret not tuning in to Fox59 that morning for the weather. Not only is riding in the cold extremely uncomfortable without proper gear, but your body and mind are also at a significant disadvantage when your body temperature drops. Even if you think you're feeling good, colder temperatures will often result in:

  • Shivering
  • Slower reaction times
  • Impaired judgement
  • Low energy
  • Stiff joints and muscles

All of which make you a hazard to yourself and others out on the road. Of course, the last thing we, at Southside Harley, would ever want to do is discourage anyone from riding. So, with enthusiastic support for our die-hard riders out there, we've thoughtfully assembled a list of riding tips that will help you stay safe and warm, should you choose to motor through the bitter days ahead.

Tips For Riding Safely In The Cold

1. Choose Your Underwear Wisely

Wearing thermal underwear will help your body retain heat in all the places that matter. This will help you stay warm without the need to layer on several additional pieces of clothing that may restrict your body's movement while riding. We recommend The Harley-Davidson® FXRG Base Layer Pant and Base Layer Tee. These under-layers from the FXRG Collection were designed with some pretty incredible smart technology that actually help to regulate your body's temperature.

Check out the video for more information about the FXRG Under Layer:

See the full FXRG Collection for HERE (in-store availability may vary)

2. Invest In The Gear That Matters

Sometimes there are benefits to spending a few extra bucks on good quality gear that is actually designed for riding. You can throw on your thick, toasty pair of snow-blowing gloves, but will your hands and fingers be nimble enough to operate your controls?

Treating yourself to a proper riding jacket will also help make those cold rides quite a bit easier. The material you choose for your jacket is typically a matter of preference. Some riders will say that a waterproof, textile jacket will be your best bet to keep you warm without restricting your movements. But Harley-Davidson has introduced some pretty wicked innovations to their leather jackets which make them a mentionable option, as well.

Check out some of the recommended cold weather gear we've got in stock at Southside Harley!

SHOW ME SOME GEAR!

close up of  water plastic bottles on  white background with clipping path3. Stay Hydrated

Unlike the summer time, we don't always thirst for water when it's cold outside. That can become a problem if we don't recognize that our bodies still need water to function at 100%. Make sure you drink plenty of water before and during your ride. 

4. Skip The Morning Joe

Coffee is a great way to start a crisp, winter morning- but not necessarily if you're planning on riding. It may hit the spot and warm your spirits, but drinks like coffee increase your blood flow to the skin to make you feel warmer, but you're actually losing body heat. Best to stick with water or drinks with electrolytes to keep you truly hydrated for the ride. Waitress making cup of coffee in cafx92xA9

5. Eat Like A Champ

Because our metabolism slows down when it's cold, our body begins to shiver to generate heat inside of us. Eating hardy, nutritional foods will keep you warm while calories are burned. Foods with anti-oxidants and immune-boosting properties will help you feel warm while you ride. While eating hot foods make you feel warm in the moment, a piece of fruit can be just as beneficial, if not more.

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6. Stop Frequently

If you're planning on being on the road for a while, make sure to make plenty of stops to warm yourself up. Taking breaks will give you the chance to stretch out and get the blood flowing through your body again. Take this time for a quick self-assessment of how your fingers and toes are feeling. If you can, try to stop at rest stops along your route to use hand dryers in the restrooms to warm your fingers. 

You May Spend More, But It Won't Cost As Much

In the end, making the decision to ride through the winter- or at least for some colder months- takes a bit of preparation and, yes, perhaps a little bit of money. But your rides will be much more tolerable and- dare we say- enjoyable. By committing to a few upfront expenses and inconveniences, you're actually investing in the safety of yourself and others out on the road- and that's something we can all afford.

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: Riding Gear, harley davidson, Indiana Riding


Harley Road Trip Tips

Posted by Hannah Kirkland

Aug 4, 2017 1:45:21 PM

It’s summertime and the ridin’ is easy. If you’re going on a road trip or just headed out for a long weekend, then what and how to pack your bike is probably on your mind. Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson wants to help you take the guesswork out of packing so that you can get to your destination easier and safer. 

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Weight:

You want your bike’s added weight to be as low as possible. If you are deciding whether or not to take something with you, think about cost. If it’s something affordable that will be available for purchase at your destination, then that is something to consider instead of bringing it with you. In addition to adding the least amount of weight possible, it is also important to keep your bike balanced. Small weight differences of 5-10 pounds on one side can make for an exhausting trip. Keep the added weight close to the bike’s center of gravity, which is low and toward the tank. Make sure you don’t block the airflow to the engine. You may need to adjust your tire’s air pressure depending on the amount of extra weight.

 

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Rolling clothes takes up less space than folding, and large zipper-lock bags work well when storing them. Zipper-lock bags can also be used for a number of other items such as toiletries, cash, credit cards, and tools. Try to bring tools that are multi-purpose as opposed to one-use items. Lighter is always better, so if you have access to a washer and/or dryer where you are staying, plan to use it and pack accordingly! Put your emergency items and other items that you may need to get to quickly in one saddlebag, and your overnight things in the other. 

 

Practice!

It’s also important to do a “dry run” before you begin your journey. Pack up everything as you would if you were leaving, but take a short ride (1-2 hours) and see if adjustments are needed. Southside H-D wants to make your summer trips as easy as possible, that’s why you can stop in 7 days a week and talk to our Parts & Accessories department about the newest Harley-Davidson luggage for your bike.

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Be Weather Aware:

Lastly, you may never know what kind of weather you will encounter if you’re on the road for a long period of time. Southside H-D has all your rain wear and high-visibility needs. Come in and talk to anyone in our MotorClothes department who can supply you with knowledge to make the right riding gear purchases.

Harley-Davidson has a checklist of essentials and extras for long trips, as well. Regardless of your destination, Indy Southside has you covered. We hope these road trip tips get you roll. Ride on!

Topics: Road Trip, Packing, Riding Gear


4 Cool Father's Day Gifts from Harley-Davidson

Posted by Sherry Long

Jun 18, 2015 3:33:57 PM


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Father's Day is June 21st. Don't get Dad more stuff he doesn't need. Get him cool Father's Day Gifts from Harley-Davidson instead. 

June 21 is almost here. You know what that means? Father’s Day is nearly upon us! This year, don’t get Dad more stuff that he doesn’t need – or want. Instead, stop by Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson and get him a cool Father’s Day Gift that shows you really care.

From new and used motorcycles to riding gear, accessories, apparel & more, there’s something from H-D for every father out there. We’ve talked to our customers and shared some of our most popular Harley Davidson gift ideas for your dad. Take a look at a few of our favorite Harley-Davidson Father's Day gifts. 

 

4 Harley-Davidson Gift Ideas for Father's Day

All of these great gifts can be found in-store at ISSHD. BUT if you'd like to order online through h-d.com/store, log in, then under Your Account, be sure to select Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson as your Preferred Dealership. By doing this, we get assigned as the selling dealer during checkout, and as the default delivery destination if you choose to have your order shipped HERE for FREE in-store pickup.

 

Harley Davidson Fathers Day Gift Riding Gear Jacket

#1: Riding Gear

Help your dad ride into the summer with cool gear designed for hot weather. H-D jackets blend traditional leather with breathable mesh and exclusive venting technology; leather vests that lose the long sleeves; and waterproof boots that keep you dry during summer squalls. With tons of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from, we’ve got your dad covered.

 

 

 

 

 

Harley Davidson Father's Day Gift Hat

 

#2: Logo Tees, Hats & More 

Let your dad show off his love for Harley even when he’s not riding his bike. At Southside H-D, we have thousands of Harley-Davidson gifts like H-D t-shirts, hats, bandanas, and accessories in stock, all sporting the iconic Bar & Shield logo. From small to big & tall and one-size-fits-all, you’ll find great apparel right here.

 

 

 

 

 

Harley-Davidson-Father's-Day-Gifts-Boom!-Audio-Speakers#3: Accessories for His Bike

Whether it’s GPS Navigation, Boom! Audio Speakers or Amps, it never hurts to travel smart, be prepared and fill the air with sound. Trust Southside to carry all of the best accessories and gadgets for your dad’s bike.

 

 

 

 

ISSHD-Harley-gift-card-for-father's-day#4: Fuel for His Father's Day

Can’t decide? Let Dad do it for you. At Southside Harley-Davidson you can get a gift card just for him. Load it up with any amount and give your father some wallet-sized freedom to choose the perfect H-D gear sold right here. Does your dad like to take his time? No problem, because gift cards from ISSHD never expire.

 

 

 

 


If there's something in particular you are looking for and you're having a hard time finding it, let us know. Fill out our MotorClothes Request Form.

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Your dad means the world to you, but he doesn’t need something that says “World’s Best” to prove it. Instead, show him how much you care (and how cool you are) this Father’s Day with a gift from Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson.

 

Topics: Riding Gear, Gift Ideas


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