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Warm, sunny weather and long days make summer an ideal time for motorcycling. These tips will help you keep your cool. The easiest way to drink water while riding is to wear a hydration backpack, which includes a water bladder and a drinking tube that can be used on the go, even with a full-face helmet.
Advertisement Klim Nac Pac 2. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine. Not only does alcohol impair your ability to ride, it also accelerates dehydration. Even if you only drink after your ride, consuming too much alcohol can leave you dehydrated and possibly hungover the next day, which means you start off at a disadvantage. Whether caffeine contributes to dehydration is debatable, but the general consensus is that consuming plain old water plus the occasional sports drink to restore electrolytes is the best way to fight dehydration.
Drink lots of water to replace lost fluids. Wear Wicking Base Layers. Sweating is how our bodies regulate temperature. When sweat evaporates, it cools the surface of the skin, and the hotter we get, the more we sweat which is why we need to make a concerted effort to stay hydrated. Wearing synthetic base layers wicks moisture away from your skin, which increases the efficiency of evaporative cooling.
Stretchy, snug-fitting base layers, like those from Forcefield, also provide light compression for better circulation and less fatigue. Advertisement 4. Wear Full-Coverage Riding Apparel. When the summer heats up, many of us love to wear shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops. However, none of these make sense on a motorcycle, unless you wear shorts and a T-shirt under your armored riding apparel carry flip-flops in your saddlebag so you can kick off your riding boots during breaks and let your feet breathe.
No one ever plans to crash, but accidents happen and good motorcycle gear can reduce the severity of injuries. Full-length gloves, jackets and pants, over-the-ankle boots and full-face or modular helmets also protect the skin from the ravages of sunburn and dehydration. Olympia Moto Sports Avenger one-piece mesh suit 5. Wear an Evaporative Cooling Vest. On really hot days, boost the power of evaporative cooling with a special-made vest that can be worn under your riding jacket to keep your core from overheating. When you soak the TechNiche Hyperkewl Cooling Vest in water, its polymer-embedded fabric allows evaporation to occur slowly, over several hours.
TechNiche Hyperkewl Vest 6. Wear an Evaporative Cooling Neck Wrap. Neck wraps have the added benefit of protecting your neck from sunburn. Aerostich Kool Off Tie 7. Since the hottest time of day is usually between noon and 5 p. Wake up early, have a light breakfast and cup of coffee, then hit the road. Early evening rides can be a real treat, but beware that dawn and dusk times often see greater wildlife activity, such as deer crossing the road. Stay cool, but also stay safe. Watching the sun rise on an early-morning ride. Take Frequent Rest Breaks. But on a motorcycle with mile-plus range, that often means riding for several hours between stops.
On hot days, you should stop more often. Take off your helmet and pour some cool water on your head. Walk around and do some light stretches to get the blood flowing throughout your body. Sit down in the shade for a few minutes. Or, like many people do these days, take a selfie and post it on Facebook. Hydrating while taking in the view. Use Common Sense. If you start to feel lightheaded or dizzy, have a headache or cramps, or feel your skin becoming unexpectedly cool and clammy, your body could be overheating.
Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can be extremely dangerous, even fatal. Remove your helmet and put a cold, wet towel around your head. Walk into an air-conditioned store or restaurant and order a pitcher of ice water.
Take a dip in a cool lake, river or swimming pool. Give your body a chance to cool down. Taking a cool dip on a hot day. Take a Day Off. We go on motorcycle tours because we like to ride, but sometimes it pays to take a day off. Long, hot days in the saddle are more likely to leave you fatigued, dehydrated and sore than long days in cooler weather. Plan your next tour around a daylong visit to a national park, historic site or city that is best explored on foot.
Or build in a rest day where you can hang out around the campground or lounge by the hotel pool. Americans are constantly in a rush, always on the go. Summer motorcycle rides are fun, but when it gets really hot sometimes the best thing to do is just put your feet up and chill out. I scream for ice cream! Best to pass on the the helmet, too, and wear a sleeveless shirt while covering your arms, head and neck with sunblock.
If you ride a Harley, avoid the ones with Twin Cam engines, as they simply run too hot to ride in really hot weather. The older Evolution-powered ones are fine. You obviously are just barhopping and not on you bike for a seven hundred all day trip. Twin cams are the way to go as well as a helmet with vents , heet and a good perforated riding jacket. Axle, Wow! You sound like a once a month possibly once week rider that has never taken any sort of training and thinks loud pipes actually save lives.
Stop before you hurt yourself. Think of any indigenous culture that deals with extreme heat Africa, Middle East, etc. What are they wearing? They are covered head to toe in clothing. Next look at every road construction crew out there in the summer….. The problem with riding in short sleeves is not sunburn or road rash though both are problems in their own right , it is that the radiation from the sun is literally baking your body.
When you put a layer of fabric between your skin and the sun, it bakes the fabric, not your body. But if you plan on doing a couple hundred miles, or riding multiple days, wear all the gear with a hydration bladder that you can drink while riding. A water bottle in the back will not do. Cover up, drink up, ride for days.
In dry desert climates they are covered head to toe but in very loose, light colored clothing which reflects the sun and allows for evaporative cooling. Gear in the heat of summer can be very uncomfortable, especially at stop lights or in city driving. Light colored clothing in summer is the only way to go.
Who on earth would ditch the gear? Someone who thinks cagers actually see people on motorcycles, I guess. I live in Lahore, Pakistan. Steady 6 months of summer, at least. My experience with a hydration pack camelpak 2L and a choclate before the ride has been very fruitful. Basically they do the same thing, are cheaper and available just about everywhere. A very informative post indeed.
Riding during the hot weather is really tough. But riding without wearing the proper gear is dangerous. During the hot summer season, most of us are tempted to ride in shorts and t-shirts which is the work of a complete fool. Venturing out on a motorcycle without adequate protection is an absolute no-no. Instead, buy jackets that are ventilated and breathable. Mesh jackets are a really good option for the summer season. Stay well hydrated and get enough sleep. I agree with most if not all of the ten tips in the article.
The one thing I can add is to always keep a couple of spare bottles of water preferably cool or even cold in your saddlebags or tour pack. If you break down in the middle of nowhere, even on an Interstate Highway, the extra water will make it less of an ordeal while you wait for a tow truck. Been there done that…. I agree with the suggestion to carry water in case of emergency. I also carry a small umbrella in my saddlebag. I was stranded once with a flat in 90 degree weather without a bit of shade to be found. That umbrella made my 2 hour wait for roide a lot better!
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10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides