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Wheels Of Grace MaGazine PUBLISHER: Grace Rider Magazine Inc. CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: Peter Kaye CONTRIBUTING ASSISTANT EDITOR: Stacy Kaye ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITORS: Rob Thompson / Lauren Hopkins GRAPHIC DESIGN: Angela Russo ADMINISTRATION: Luis DeJesus, Deirdre Rowan PRISON MINISTRY: Fred Landry WRITERS: Peter Kaye / Stacy Kaye / Dave Dildine Susan Handel / Audrey Nesbit / Monty Van Horn PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION: Todd Carter / Linda Carter / Ansley Bean Steve Key / David Gallegos / Susanne Swazyena Thor Jorgen Udvang / R. 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The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of Wheels Of Grace, it's Board of Directors, Grace Rider Magazine Inc. it's staff, volunteers and affiliates. We do not accept anti-Patriotic and any anti-Biblical material. Please make sure to include your name and address with all submissions and if you would like material returned: please include a SASE and send to Wheels Of Grace. EAST COAST: PO Box 270239 Tampa FL 33688 WEST COAST: PO Box 892408, Temecula CA 92589 or send email to: info@WheelsOfGrace.com. 4 WheelsOfGrace.com Issue 34 e d i t o r ' s S A D D L E EDITOR'S SADDLE Tips for Riding in Cold Weather Winter is not the most wonderful me to be on a motorcycle. While the long hours of sunshine make summer the peak riding season, a warm sunny winter day with dry asphalt has a special appeal to riding addicts. Perhaps the allure is due to the warm sun rays in the middle of the cold winter or fewer hours of daylight, making riding more precious. Maybe it's because we know deep down it will be some me before we burn rubber again and want to sneak in a ride when possible. One thing is for sure—the winter weather is a nice reprise from the dog days of summer. Riding in cooler weather means a li le more prepara on should be done to your motorcycle before you hit the road. Shall you decide to suit up and hit the road before the weekend chores, the following are four things to keep in mind. 1. Check your tire pressure often A 10-degree drop in ambient temperature can reduce re pressure by 2 percent. If the last me you checked the re pressure before a ride was on a 70 or 80-degree morning, on a 40-degree morning, your res could be under-inflated by 6-9 percent. On an unseasonably warm winter morning, the pressure you set on a previously cold morning could now be too high. Large varia ons from recommended re infla on guidelines can adversely affect handling, safety, and re wear. Checking re infla on before every ride is important, especially when the temperatures vary widely like they some mes do in the winter. 2. Change your oil If you run higher viscosity oil in the summer, now is the me to change it. Viscosity is the expressed measure of how resistant oil is to flowing and shearing. Proper viscosity oil is cri cal to reducing engine wear and maintaining good fuel economy. As the temperature rises in your motorcycle's engine, the oil viscosity lowers, thus higher viscosity oil handles high heat be er. Conversely as temperatures fall, oil viscosity increases. High viscosity and low temperatures can result in harder star ng and provide less than op mum lubrica on. Even if your motorcycle uses the same mul -grade oil all year, heading toward winter and possible storage is another good reason to change the oil. 3. Check your battery As the weather gets cooler and nigh me temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s or even lower, star ng your motorcycle will require more ba ery power. If you use accessories such as heated hand-grips or electric riding gear, less current is going toward charging the ba ery. Even the best ba ery will not last forever. If your ba ery is more than a few years old, have it tested to avoid a surprise failure. 4. Pack multiple layers Leather jackets that may have been too hot in the middle of summer feel just right in cold weather. But just wearing a warm jacket will not prepare you for the wide change in temperature that occurs on the average winter day. A 40-degree difference from high to low temperatures, before you add in the wind chill factor from riding, requires a different amount of riding gear. Dressing in layers and packing some of your warmer gear will keep you ready for the sudden weather changes that come in the unusual warm winter day. Enjoy the rides in every season by being prepared. Till next me, ride safe! Peter & Stacy Kaye Vice President Mike Pence

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