Keeping Cool When Riding in Hot Weather
With the summer sun comes an impulse to ride. Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are fun year-round, but nothing beats rolling through the country surrounded by a mild warmth. However, sometimes that warmth isn’t so mild. In fact, it actually gets really hot, and while that might imply less rain and cold, it also means you need to take a few precautions for the sake of safety. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and worst of all, heatstroke, are all dangerous possibilities when taking your bike out in the summertime. We don’t want you to hurt yourself out there, so this guide from Bergen County Harley-Davidson® will give you a few tricks for dodging the heat and keeping safe while you ride. We’re also here to answer your questions and show you to your next bike if you’re still in the market, so come visit us anytime in Rochelle Park, near Clifton, Hackensack, Newark, Ridgewood, and Paterson, New Jersey.
Dress to Keep Cool
Wearing the right clothes for riding is a little different than you might think. When you’re lounging in the backyard or taking a leisurely walk, you probably gear up with shorts and a t-shirt. However, neither of these clothing articles are recommended on a motorcycle. For one thing, short sleeves don’t protect you from sun rays, which are one of the most damaging aspects of the hot weather. They lead to sunburns and drain your body of energy. Shorts have the same dangers, but there’s also the exhaust to think about. Your leg could get burnt pretty badly if there’s nothing in between your skin and the blistering-hot steel.
Since the go-to summer apparel won’t work on a motorcycle, you’ll need to think of something else to wear. It seems counterintuitive, but you’ll actually stay a lot more comfortable if you wear long sleeves and pants. Riding gear is the best way to do this since motorcycle jackets are typically ventilated to keep you cool. Riding pants can do the same, and they also prevent your legs from getting burnt as they brush against the exhaust. No matter what type of clothing you elect to wear, we recommend getting light-colored designs, since these will reflect sun rays away from your body instead of absorbing them.
Make Sure You Get Your Fluids
In hot weather, nothing, whether that be clothing or breaks or anything else, is more important than hydration. Sweating drains water from your body very quickly, and this is even more true when doing something strenuous like riding. At the very least, you’ll need to bring several water bottles with you on every ride. Best case scenario, you’ll use a hydration system so that you can take sips throughout your trip without taking your hands off the handlebars.
Also, keep in mind that sweating depletes your body of electrolytes, which provide you with necessary energy. If you’re taking a long trip, you should bring at least a couple bottles of your favorite sports drinks. Stay away from anything that’s ultra sugary or high in calories. Instead, opt for drinks that are refreshing, yet full of the necessary electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals to renew your energy levels.
Use Your Head
Finally, a lot of the other important motorcycle riding tips simply come down to common sense. If there’s a super hot day and you’re worried about riding in the rain, consider whether or not you can wait until it gets a little cooler. In the middle of the summer, it’s always advisable to ride your Harley-Davidson® in the morning or evening, times when the sun isn’t bearing down so hard. But if you must go out during the heat of the afternoon, make sure you’re taking frequent breaks. We recommend stopping every half hour or so on long trips, and if you ever start feeling too warm or uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to take a quick break and let your body get down to normal temperatures. This way, you can help protect yourself heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as well as make your ride more enjoyable.
Riding your Harley-Davidson® in the summer is fun, but hot weather is nothing to mess around with. At Bergen County Harley-Davidson®, we want every rider to be safe on the road, so please, take care of yourself and follow these warm weather riding tips. If you still need a new bike in order to enjoy this summer more, don’t hesitate to stop by our dealership! Were in Rochelle Park, near Hackensack, Clifton, Paterson, Ridgewood, and Newark, New Jersey.