Give your bike a thorough inspection
Preparation is much different when you’re riding out under the sun compared to when you’re under the rain. Slippery roads make turning and braking trickier for motorcycles. Wet roads decrease the traction of the tires making any vehicle prone to skidding. This is called hydroplaning. This happens when a vehicle starts sliding uncontrollably due to the tires encountering more water than the treads can displace.
When driving at high speeds over wet pavement, the water begins to push the front tires off the ground slightly, creating a thin film between the tire and the road. That film, and the resulting separation of the road and tire, causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle. To avoid this, refrain from driving too fast. This will allow you better control over the vehicle.
Also, check your tires. Make sure that they are properly inflated with the pressure that is suitable for wet roads. It also pays to check if it needs proper treading to channel water. Brake pads, on the other hand, need to have proper padding to stop when needed. Check your fluids, too. It may not mean big trouble under dry conditions, but when oil leaks are mixed with water, it becomes a recipe for slippery and dangerous conditions.
Gear up before going out
Before going out for a ride, make sure to protect yourself from the elements with waterproof or water-resistant gear. Remember that there is a difference between waterproof and water-resistant.
Waterproof will not allow penetration unless under a more extreme circumstance like being submerged in water. Water-resistant, on the other hand, will shed water from the surface but tend to allow water penetration after a certain period when hit with water continuously. Meanwhile, when choosing a helmet, bear in mind that full-faced helmets provide better protection compared to half-faced helmets. Fogging is also a concern so before your trip, wipe the surfaces of your helmet with an anti- fogging treatment. Also, try wearing your helmet with an open visor for ventilation, so it does not fog up.
Another pro-tip is bringing of plastic bags or any plastic materials. Since these bags are waterproof, they can keep your phones or other valuables dry.