As temperatures climb, riding your motorcycle become uncomfortable and in some cases, even unsafe. It is important to find ways to keep cool on the road when the sun is beating down. Here are some tips for staying cool during the hot months.
Stay hydrated! Drinking enough water is always important, but when you’re riding your motorcycle, the hot air constantly blowing on you will dehydrate you quickly. Keep a water bottle with you while you’re on the road and stop at least once an hour to refill it and hydrate. A camelback is also a good idea- you can fill it with half water and half ice to keep you cool for long rides. And keep in mind, when it comes to hydration, water is the best option. Caffeine, sugary drinks, and alcohol will not hydrate you.
Keep yourself covered. It may sound strange to wear more clothing when it is hot out, but when your skin is exposed to hot moving air, it increases your body temperature and how much you sweat. Wear breathable, ventilated, loose gear with moisture wicking material to keep you cool. If you are riding in extreme conditions, dampen your clothing for some relief. You could also wear a wet bandana around your neck or sport a cooling vest to keep your core cool.
Protect your motorcycle. Another way to stay cool while riding in the heat is to keep the sun from heating up your bike. Placing a piece of sheepskin, wool side out, on the seat will help. Also, place a white towel on the seat when you’re not riding. It is also a good idea to cover black gasoline tanks with a towel as well.
Avoid high heat. During the hot Summer months, it is usually hottest between noon and 5:00pm. If you can, try to avoid riding during these hours.
Staying cool in the heat is a serious matter. Overheating is dangerous and potentially deadly. As you are riding you may dismiss or not even notice some of the early warning signs of dehydration, like headaches, cramping, or slight dizziness. Make sure to stop frequently and allow yourself to cool down and rehydrate.
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