Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

It’s not necessarily easy, but cold weather, winter riding is definitely doable. Though much of the U.S. has been experiencing somewhat of an Indian Summer, Beijing has still been pretty cold this winter, as low as 5 degrees Farenheit (-15C), however that hasn’t stopped me from commuting daily on my Jincheng JC250-6! The single biggest danger when riding in the winter is probably black ice, which is an ice patch that blends in with the color of the pavement and thus you have no idea what’s coming when you hit it. Luckily for me though Beijing has been almost entirely devoid of moisture and so the bitter cold and harsh winds have been the only challenges I’ve had to contend with. To get a good breakdown of tips for winter riding, I highly recommend reading book Proficient Motorcycling: The Guide to Riding Well by David L. Hough. This is a
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Pollution in China and What it Means for Your Commute

The pollution in China, particularly in Beijing, is bad, and I mean really bad. It may not actually be the silent but deadly electric scooters going the wrong way down the street or cars passing at night without any lights on that eventually gets me on my commute, but rather the slow death of inhaling the equivalent of packs (‘s’ is very deliberate) of cigarettes a day in urban pollution as I commute to work on my motorcycle. In fact, it has gotten so bad recently, that it’s actually finally reached the foreign media, as the LA Times recently reported on how nearly 1,000 flights had to be cancelled within just the first week of December due to low visibility! The scariest thing however is the state of denial that the reporting of the local authorities reflects. Whenever there are flight cancellations or highway closures due to low visibility it
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The 1-2-3’s of Handling a Motorcycle Accident in China: The story of how I got rammed by a scooter during Beijing rush hour

Find out how to manage getting into an accident as an ex-pat in China.
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What it means to get picked up by a “tow truck” in China

Have you ever had to call a tow truck for your motorcycle? Read about my first experience calling one in China and what they actually mean when they say “tow truck”.
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