Avoid Overheating On Your Bike
Sunny skies and warm weather make for a perfect motorcycle ride, and it's hard to resist riding knowing that fall will be here soon. We know you want to take advantage of summer weather as much as possible, but when it's 90 to 100 degrees outside, it can pose for dangerous riding conditions.
Follow these tips to stay cool and safe on your bike this summer!
- Resist the urge to take off your riding jacket. Staying fully covered helps you avoid sunburn and losing too much moisture from your skin as sweat quickly evaporates in the wind.
- Choose a textile mesh riding jacket and pants that are well ventilated to provide airflow and protection. Be sure to select bright colors so you stand out in traffic.
- Try a cooling vest. Soak it in water, shake off the excess and wear it under your jacket.
- Opt for a full-face and well ventilated helmet in a light color. If you want to go high-tech, air conditioned helmets are available starting around $500.
- Hydrate! Water is the key to successful summer riding. Make regular stops to drink water and bring extra with you. You can also wear a hydration backpack and sip water from it in frequent intervals. Don't drink sweet beverages like juice or soda, and avoid caffeine.
- Use a cool wrap that you've soaked in water and place it around your neck.
- Avoid riding during the hottest times of the day and go for a cool morning trip or early evening excursion.
- Take regular breaks, not only for hydration, but also to eat and keep your energy up. If you feel yourself getting tired, pull over and rest up.
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, like fatigue, dizziness, headaches, disorientation, cramps, nausea or heavy sweating. If you begin to experience any of these, get off the road immediately and take care of yourself.
Lastly, don't forget to enjoy your adventures in the summer sun. Before you know it, fall will arrive and you'll need to stay warm while you ride!